In return for serving in the military, veterans have access to several benefits, but it can be tough figuring out how to get these benefits. Thankfully, veterans can get help from several local resources in Irving as they look for job-search assistance, housing programs, and health care benefits, like substance abuse and mental health programs.
Many vets are unaware that they qualify for the medical benefits offered by Veterans Affairs (VA). VA health care enrollment is available to any non-dishonorably discharged vet with active duty service. This includes National Guard and Reservist veterans who finished a service period ordered federally. Apply by priority group.
The nearby Dallas VA Medical Center (VAMC) offers home-based care, support services for family caregivers of veterans, women’s health programs, hospice services, and geriatric care. The Dallas VAMC also offers mental health services, such as geriatric psychiatry, treatment for memory problems, and substance abuse and trauma programs.
When you visit the website for Dallas County Veteran Services, you can find a broad range of federal and state home, land, and long-term care programs for vets and their families, such as:
Texas State Veterans Homes – Bonham has the closest one to Irving
Property tax exemptions for veterans with specific disabilities associated with their service
How to apply for federal VA home loans
A list of approved Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) Veterans Housing Assistance Loan Program lenders
Discounted home improvement loans for qualified veterans
When you or a beloved vet is at risk of becoming homeless or is already homeless, the county can help you find emergency assistance. Plus, Dallas County can aid military spouses and widows with applying for benefits.
The Medical Foster Home program offered by the VA is another housing alternative for vets with daily care needs. The program is administered for the region by the Dallas VAMC. Carefully vetted caregivers take vets into their private homes and prepare meals, provide rides, include the veteran in family life, and assist with daily activities.
The Texas General Land Office’s VLB takes great pride in serving the state’s veterans better than what is offered federally. Every year, they host benefits fairs around Texas to help vets, spouses, and other relatives learn about what resources are available to them. Head to the Dallas VAMC on June 3, 2017, for the next Veterans Benefits Fair in the area. For the most up-to-date schedule, visit the VLB Events page.
The Dallas Veterans Resource Center, the Texas Veterans Commission, and the Texas Workforce Commission can help you find vet benefits. With help from the Veterans Resource Center, Irving-area veterans have found housing and work, applied for health care, and continued their education for the last four years.
The Texas Workforce Commission offers priority services to older veterans and their eligible spouses when they are looking for jobs. In Irving, there is one Workforce Solutions office, and there are several more throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Visit VeteranAid.org for assistance in paying for assisted living and for more info on the Aid & Attendance Benefit.
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