Veterans will feel right at home in Gilbert with the local, state, and national agencies providing support in the form of health care, long-term care, housing, counseling, and more. According to the 2010 to 2014 figures from the United States Census Bureau, there are 12,037 veterans and 1,413 veteran-owned businesses in Gilbert. The following is a list of several veteran organizations in the area.
The Mesa Vet Center is located less than 20 minutes (nine miles) from Gilbert and serves the local area veterans. The center sits at 1303 South Longmore in Suite 5 in Mesa and is open Monday through Friday and the second Saturday of each month. The on-site representatives are willing to help you with filing claims or informing you about benefits you may qualify for including the VA Aid and Attendance pension for long-term care, life insurance, home loans, burial and cemetery services, and memorial services.
If you are considering beginning a new career after retirement, consider contacting the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Veteran Services Office (CGCC). The veteran specialists on staff are trained to assist veterans with the GI Bill requirements as well as find other financial aid, if eligible. The office is open Monday through Friday at the Pecos Campus and the Williams Campus. You can also find veterans forms on the CGCC website.
If you are looking for a military and veteran network, the Mesa Vets Connect can put you in touch with other veterans in Mesa and Gilbert, as well as city programs, and upcoming events. The site features a listing of veterans’ resources including the National Veterans 24-Hour Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255, option 1.
If you need help managing your VA or DoD benefits or need to check the status of your disability or survivor claim, the Phoenix Regional Benefit Office can assist you. The agency will answer your questions regarding applying for benefits, life insurance auto pay, and VA-guaranteed home loans. The office is located at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at 3333 North Central Avenue in Phoenix.
The Arizona Department of Veterans Services (ADVS) support veterans of all ages and in all stages of military service. Through the agency, you can receive benefits counseling, cemetery and burial planning, memorial services, information on educational opportunities and employment training, state veteran homes, and veteran driver licenses. If you have questions about the benefits you may be entitled to receive, the website for ADVS features a downloadable benefits booklet.
The Arizona Coalition for Military Families of Maricopa County serves 303,495 veterans living in the county by providing a Military and Veteran Resource Network and an employment roadmap. The coalition assists veterans with topics like mental health, physical health, spirituality, housing, and finances.
AMVETS has posts throughout Arizona with a few in Phoenix. The organization has 250,000 members and provides services for veterans as well as raises awareness for serious issues such as veteran suicide. You can contact the National Headquarters about membership at 1-877-726-8387.
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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