When it comes to local veterans’ support, Houston residents are well covered. Financial, educational, medical and employment benefits are available to the men and women who have served their country through state and federal support programs.
The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) helps thousands of Houston area veterans to access affordable health services each year, including specialized treatment for veterans who suffer from traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries. Patients can reach the center at 2002 Holcombe Blvd via the Houston METRO service, which offers discounted rates for senior citizens, or by scheduling a MEDVAMC van pickup. Independent organizations such as Red Cross or Harris County Social Services also offer transportation to and from the hospital. Handicapped individuals can arrange a ride with METROlift, a transportation service that accommodates the needs of people using wheelchairs and scooters.
Veterans who need help navigating the VA benefits process can seek assistance through the Houston Regional Benefit Office. This center helps veterans to improve their quality of living through home loan programs, vocational rehabilitation services, and educational opportunities.
The Harris County Veterans Services Office provides educational resources, referrals and counselling for veterans seeking government benefits. Visitors can schedule an appointment to speak with a representative about disability compensation, VA pensions, insurance, medical benefits and educational programs.
The Texas Veterans Commission supports veterans and their families who are seeking claims representation and counseling services, employment opportunities, ongoing education or financial aid through government grants. The Commission also oversees the Texas Healthcare Advocacy Program to ensure that all Texas veterans have unfettered access to VA medical services. The program employs health care advocates that are strategically located throughout Texas and act as liaisons for local veterans. Houston residents can contact the MEDVAMC advocate by phone at (713) 791-1414, ext. 23728, or online via email.
Over half a dozen Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) posts throughout the Houston area help veterans to access the services and benefits to which they are entitled. You can visit your nearest VFW post to find help filing or appealing a claim, or to learn more about what benefits are available to you and your family. Veterans can also visit their local VFW post to enjoy game nights, meals, dancing, and other social events.
Depression and PTSD can be a real problem amongst the veteran community, and the Greater Houston chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) aims to help both veterans and their families to manage mental health conditions through education, support groups and community outreach programs.
Houston residents pay tribute to their men and women in uniform by throwing a Veteran’s Day celebration each year. The entire family can come out to show their support and watch the annual parade, featuring floats, music, and decorated military heroes. To learn more about how you can volunteer or contribute, contact the Mayor's Office of Special Events at City Hall.
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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