The city of Detroit is home to thousands of veterans. For the time that they put in serving our country, they are entitled to a number of support groups, benefits, and special medical care to help them adjust when they return home and as they age.
Veterans in the Detroit area can find support and services from dozens of different organizations in the community. Here is a brief overview of some of those resources, the services they provide and the ways they can help local veterans.
For veterans looking for support local to the Detroit area, here are some organizations, centers and resource providers that can get you started on the right foot:
For medical support, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center located in Detroit, Michigan. At the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, veterans can receive medical services including acute psychiatric services, rehabilitation treatments, a series of treatments for former POWS, primary care services, and more.
The VA also has the Detroit Regional Benefit Office located at 477 Michigan Ave. The Detroit Regional Benefit Office can help veterans receive health care and memorial benefits or determine other eligible benefits to which the veterans can apply.
The American Legion Department of Michigan’s Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Headquarters is also located in Detroit. Through the Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Headquarters, the American Legion Department of Michigan can help veterans find a community of veterans to interact with, help them find benefits they qualify for, or point them in the direction of additional services they may be looking for.
In addition to local resources, veterans in Detroit can access Michigan-based resources and organizations. Here are a few of the organizations and centers available to them:
At the Michigan Veterans Foundation, veterans can receive a variety of services, including legal assistance, meals and clothing, support groups, health care services, PTSD counseling, and even life skills training.
Detroit veterans can also contact the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency at the Michigan Department of Military & Veterans Affairs. The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency acts as a resource to connect veterans with programs, benefits, and services that they need.
Detroit also gives veterans the opportunity to connect with nationwide organizations through chapters located in the area.
Detroit Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts can provide veterans with a community of like-minded individuals with similar interests and backgrounds. VFWs in the Detroit area include VFW Post 2233, VFW Post 3130, and VFW Post 4553.
Detroit veterans can also benefit from connecting with the National Alliance on Mental Illness chapter in the area. The NAMI Metro – Oakland, Wayne, & Macomb Counties serves the Detroit area by providing support with depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and more.
The Detroit area takes the time to recognize the brave men and women who have served in the military with a Veterans Day Parade. The event is organized by the Metropolitan Detroit Veterans Coalition.
For more information on the Aid & Attendance Benefit and to learn how it can help pay for assisted living, please visit VeteranAid.org.
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