Honoring veterans with a special day is not all a city can do to show their support. While the notion is beautiful, veterans need organizations in place that can offer them guidance on important issues. Health care, financial opportunities, education, and housing are just a few of the things men and women who have served need to worry about on a regular basis. Fort Wayne has now put support groups and organizations in place to give veterans what they truly need - resources and information.
The Allen County Veteran Services Office sits at 1 E Main St #106. Visit if you want to receive assistance with disability compensation, low-income pension benefits, survivor benefits, home loans, property tax abatements, and more. The building opens at 8 am Monday Through Friday and closes for an hour at noon for lunch. It reopens from 1 pm to 4:30 pm. You can also call ahead if you wish to schedule a meeting with someone who can assist you with a particular topic.
The Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs offers online services through their primary Service Center. You may also call at 1-(844)-480-0009 to discover if any employment opportunities are available. Information on veteran and family support groups, education opportunities, health care, and the benefits application process are also available through the website.
Fort Wayne is a hotspot for VFW posts. There are four in the area where you can attend meetings and get information and support. Post 1421 Kekionga Post sits at 7712 Bluffton Rd. Attend a 5 pm meeting on the second Thursday of each month. Post 10006 Fort Miami Post, which sits at 6814 S Anthony Blvd, has a 7 pm meeting on every second Tuesday. Join the 7 pm Tuesday meeting during the first week of every month at 2202 W Main St, home to Post 857 Jim Eby Post. The final option is a 4 pm get-together on the second Sunday of each month at 2441 Winter St, Post 8147 Selmer L Kendrick Post. Attend all of them or pick the post closest to your home and go to those gatherings only.
While they may need resources and information most, it is still important for the city of Fort Wayne to show veterans in the area they are honored and respected. The city puts on a Veterans Day Parade that helps to commemorate all they have done for the country. Starting promptly at 11 am, the parade features men and women in uniform who wish to participate. It begins at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
Shops and restaurants around Fort Wayne also do their part to honor the vets. Many offer coupons in advance that can get used the entire month of November. Others offer free meals on the day of the event. Stop in at some of your favorite places and see what they have to offer.
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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