Veterans have access to a wide variety of benefits in recognition of their service to our nation. The problem is that it is usually tough to take advantage of these benefits. Luckily, there are many local resources available to veterans in the Fresno area to help them get through the process of identifying housing services, job search programs, and healthcare benefits, including substance abuse and mental health programs.
Through the Veterans Administration, almost all veterans qualify for healthcare benefits. If you served on active duty and were honorably discharged, you qualify for healthcare enrollment through the VA. You are also covered if you finished your federally ordered service period as a Reservist or in the National Guard. Your priority group will determine your benefits.
The VA Central California Health Care System serves Fresno veterans. They feature a 57-bed general medical, surgical, and acute care center with cutting edge primary, secondary, and tertiary care in treatment and major diagnostic specializations. Rehab care and skilled nursing are also offered in the 54-bed Community Living Center located on the campus.
The County of Fresno Veterans Office provides a long resource list for vets and their family members with a wide array of federal and state long-term care, land, and home programs. Here are a few of them:
VA home loan services for qualifying vets. This includes guaranteed loans purchasing certain types of condos, a manufactured home and lot, a home, or loans to repair, improve, or build homes.
Veterans with certain service-related disabilities can apply for tax exemptions.
Fresno is home to a brand new Veterans Home of California with a 300-bed, long-term care facility situated on 30 acres.
Get assistance with applying for federal VA home loans.
The county can find you emergency assistance if you or a vet you are close to is homeless or at risk of homelessness. In addition, Fresno County can also assist military widows and spouses with obtaining help with applying for benefits.
Another program for vets with daily care requirements is the VA’s Medical Foster Home program. The VA Central California Health Care System administers the program for Fresno. A caregiver welcomes participants into their private, local home. Caregivers are vetted and are willing to provide transportation, prepare meals, offer help with activities of daily living, and include the veteran in their family life.
CalVet has many resources available to assist vets in search of employment. These include federal and state employment assistance programs, local job fairs, How-to-Get-a-State-Job tutorials, veteran-specific job sites, veterans preference programs, and more.
The Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Program assists disabled veteran businesses by participating in outreach events, supporting businesses through advocacy, and providing certification assistance.
There is a wide selection of education opportunities available to veterans through the California Department of Veterans Affairs.
Through the training and educational programs, you can go through flight training, take part in on-the-job training or an apprenticeship, take correspondence courses, or earn a college degree.
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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