According to the United States Census Bureau, Glendale is home to 15,499 veterans and 1,336 veteran-owned businesses. If you are a vet looking for support, the State of Arizona offers various support groups, organizations, and services regarding housing, health care, employment, counseling, and more. Take a look at the local, state, and national organizations that may be able to help you.
The Glendale Community College (GCC) Veteran Services Office serves veterans looking to complete a higher degree in education. It is ranked eighth among veteran-friendly two-year colleges. Whether you are no longer on active duty or a retired veteran wanting to begin a new career, the staff at GCC can help you with the necessary forms and requirements and explain the GI Bill to you. The Veterans Services Office is located at Building LSA-153 on the GCC campus and is open Monday through Friday during the Fall and Winter sessions and closed on Fridays during the Summer session.
The City of Glendale is home to the Glendale Chamber of Commerce Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. The Chamber of Commerce coordinates Veterans Day celebrations and other events in the city, including the 66th Annual Address and Dinner and the 4th Annual Holiday Mixer. You can stay up-to-date with the Chamber’s events, small business endeavors, benefits, and services, and policies through the Chamber’s website.
The Mesa Vet Center serves the Glendale area and is less than 40 minutes (26 miles) away in Mesa. The center is located at 1303 South Longmore in Suite 5 in Mesa and is open Monday through Friday and the second Saturday of each month. The qualified staff can provide you with additional information about benefits and claims, life insurance, housing, employment, and educational opportunities, and long-term care options and pensions, like the VA Aid and Attendance.
The Phoenix Regional Benefit Office is located at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at 3333 North Central Avenue in Phoenix. The agency can help you apply for VA-guaranteed home loans and other benefits. You can also use their website to manage your VA and DoD benefits and check the claim status for disability or survivor benefit claims.
There are 17 offices in the state for the Arizona Department of Veterans Services. The agency helps veterans navigate their way around Glendale and the area as well as provide them with the benefits they are entitled to as United States military. You can find assistance with veteran driver’s licenses, housing, employment, counseling, burial and cemetery services, memorial services, educational opportunities, and more.
The Arizona Coalition for Military Families has a Maricopa County Chapter with the Military and Veteran Resource Network to put veterans in touch with the right contacts for housing and employment opportunities. You can also check out the Employment Roadmap for job seekers and employers. The website for coalition lists statewide resources like the National Veterans 24-Hour Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255, option 1), Help for Homeless Veterans Line (1-877-424-3838), and the Arizona Department of Veterans Services.
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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