As a show of gratitude for serving in the military, veterans are provided with an array of benefits. Yet, it can sometimes be a real pain trying to figure out how to access these benefits. Luckily, in Gilbert, there are several local resources to assist veterans in finding health care benefits (including substance abuse and mental health programs), job-search services, and housing programs.
Did you know that if you have served on active duty in the military, you may be eligible for Veterans Affairs (VA) health care benefits? As long as you were not dishonorably discharged, you are qualified for VA health care enrollment. This also included National Guard and Reservist veterans who finished a federally-ordered service period or tour. Applications are on the VA website separated by priority group.
Gilbert vets can access a variety of health care services through the Phoenix VA Health Care System, like women veterans health programs, cancer programs, and extended care and geriatrics. There are also several mental health services offered by the Phoenix VA, such as treatments for anxiety, depression, substance abuse, PTSD, and more.
When you visit the website for Maricopa County Veteran Resources, you can find a wide selection of national and state land, home, and long-term care programs for vets and their family members, including:
Arizona State Veteran Homes – Phoenix has the closest one to Gilbert
Discounted home improvement loans for qualified veterans
Home in Five Program home down payment and loan assistance
Property tax exempt status for veterans with certain injuries related to their service
Step-by-step instructions on how to fill out federal VA home loan applications
If you or a family member who is a veteran are at risk of homelessness or are currently homeless, the county will assist you with locating emergency help. Plus, military spouses and widows can get guidance in applying for benefits from Maricopa County.
The VA’s Medical Foster Home program gives vets with everyday care needs help with housing. Vets are paired with carefully vetted caregivers, who take veterans into their private homes and prepare meals for them, include them in family life, help with activities of daily living, and supply rides.
Through the administration of nineteen Veterans Benefits Offices throughout the state, the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services (ADVS) provides direct services to veterans. The office nearest to Gilbert that can help veterans connect with their VA benefits is in Chandler. A few of the services offered by ADVS are employment assistance, women veterans’ services, veterans courts, benefits booklets, suicide prevention, military family relief funds, and veteran supportive campuses.
[email protected] Maricopa County can also help with finding benefits. Through comprehensive Career Centers, they provide priority services to older vets and their qualifying relatives. The East Valley Career Center is located on North Gilbert Road in Gilbert.
The eBenefits website provides a centralized location for service members, veterans, and their family members to manage, access, find, and research benefits and other resources.
Be sure to go to VeteranAid.org to learn about the Aid & Attendance Benefit as well as assisted living financial help.
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