Irving, Texas has experienced a 9.4 percent growth increase in recent years, according to the United States Census Bureau. The city is home to 7,950 veterans and 1,631 veteran-owned businesses. Whether you recently retired from the military or just moved to Irving, you can find several resources, organizations, and support groups specifically serving veterans.
The Dallas Vet Center is located at 8610 Greenville Avenue in Suite 125 in Dallas and is open Monday through Friday. You can find help with claims, benefits, pensions like the VA Aid and Attendance, long-term care, nursing homes, disability compensation, and more at this center located less than 25 minutes (20 miles) from Irving. You can call the Vet Center directly at (214)361-5896 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
The Dallas VA Medical Center provides more than 113,000 veterans in the Dallas area and Irving with medical care. The center, located at 4500 S. Lancaster Road in Dallas, is less than 30 minutes (17 miles) from Irving. You can contact the VA Medical Center at 1-800-849-3597 for eligibility information and to schedule an appointment with a primary care physician.
If you are looking for a one-stop shop for veterans resources, the Veterans Resource Center can connect you with organizations such as AMVETS, Cedar Valley Community College, VA Homeless Veterans Services, Veterans Benefits Administration, Texas Veterans Commission, and Vietnam Veterans of America.
When it comes to state resources, the largest organization providing assistance is the Texas Veterans Commission. The commission has four key program areas to support veterans in Texas. The Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance provides grants to organizations that serve veterans and their families. The Veterans Education Program links interested vets with eligible colleges and universities that follow federal guidelines.
The Veterans Employment Services match veterans with employers with equal opportunities. The Claims Representation and Counseling serve disabled veterans and their families to ensure they receive the appropriate benefits and are represented before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The commission was started in 1927 as a State Services Office representing veterans in the area from the Indian wars, the Spanish-American War, and World War I. The organization continues to represent all Texas veterans from past and current conflicts.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) supports veterans across the United States with transition and employment services, VA claims and separation benefits, student veteran services, financial grants, and more. Although there are no posts listed in Irving, there are several in nearby Dallas. You can check the VFW’s website for meeting times and locations.
American Veterans, better known as AMVETS, is a nationally-recognized organization that supports veterans and their families. AMVETS holds events throughout the country to raise awareness, honor veterans, and fundraise for specific causes. They hold events like “Pushups for the Cause” to fight veteran suicide as well as annual charter events, Veterans Day events, and more. There are several posts located in Dallas near Irving.
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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