More than 98,000 U.S. military veterans live in the Jacksonville area of Duval County, based on the data collected by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. A good portion of this population is 65 years of age or older and can benefit from available federal and state government services. Programs to help those that served include continuing education, financial assistance, healthcare, and more. Local resources provide vets with the opportunity to attend and enjoy social events and activities.
The Jacksonville Outpatient Clinic (OPC), which is part of the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System, provides area vets with a variety of services that includes basic as well as specialized urgent care. Programs include medical, surgical, nursing, ancillary, dental, and psychiatric services. Parking is free for visitors and patients at the clinic, which is located at 1536 N. Jefferson Street.
The City of Jacksonville’s Military Affairs and Veterans Department administers programs that help vets and their families. Veteran Service Officers (VSOs) are available to help process claims for different benefit programs including disability compensation, job training, pensions, rehabilitation, lifelong learning, and more.
The Military Affairs and Veterans Department of the City of Jacksonville also manages the Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (HVRP), which helps Jacksonville vets by providing them with access to housing and transportation as well as job training and placement programs.
The Florida Department of Veterans Affairs helps Jacksonville vets with a full range of services and programs. Benefits include healthcare, federal education programs, employment assistance, property tax exemption, and the G.I Home Loan Guarantee program.
The National Call Center for Homeless Veterans works in conjunction with local Veteran’s Administration (VA) facilities located within the vet’s home state to provide assistance and relief programs. Help is available around-the-clock, seven days a week and calls are free. Vets that need immediate support services are connected with a local VA staff member who will provide resources and assistance.
The Jacksonville area of Florida has four Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post locations to serve local vets. The benefits of membership provide Jacksonville veterans with the opportunity to socialize with other vets, participate in a variety of activities, and enjoy discounts on select services. Individual post service officers can also help veterans file benefit claims.
Jacksonville is home to seven American Legion posts that provide supportive services to area veterans. The benefits of membership include discounts on a variety of services such as auto rental, travel, and lodging. Temporary housing and training programs are available through homeless outreach assistance programs.
The City of Jacksonville sponsors the annual Veteran’s Day Parade each year in conjunction with the support of several local organizations to honor those that served in war. The Military Affairs and Veterans Department administers a variety of ongoing events each month for vets and their spouses within the Jacksonville area. Social activities and programs include career fairs, free concerts, luncheons, workshops, and much more.
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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