Kansas City is a truly American hometown, and residents have been powerfully represented in the armed forces of this great nation since the city’s founding. Our country has a long tradition of showing gratitude for the service our veterans have provided in defending our freedoms and way of life.
Unfortunately, it can be difficult for vets to discover all the programs and services that have been established to help them both adjust to civilian life and to take care of their medical needs.
Keep reading to discover the resources available to U.S. vets that can help them discover and access the benefits they have earned.
The Veterans Administration is the government department most responsible for seeing that our nation's former Marines, soldiers, sailors, and seamen get the best assistance possible for the wide range of needs they can have upon re-entering civilian life.
The most important benefits a vet can access are those related to his/her health and the care of any chronic or acute illnesses he/she may suffer from. Veterans Administration health benefits will provide invaluable care for:
Comprehensive geriatric care for vets of senior age.
Cardiac care for vets who have chronic or acute cardiac problems.
Diabetes care and medication, including dietary help and routine examination.
Treatment for joint problems and surgery for serious joint issues.
Hospice care for vets in their last weeks and months of life.
There are invaluable mental health services available for vets who suffer from emotional issues or psychiatric problems related to post traumatic stress disorder.
Vets who are suffering from any of a wide range of psychological issues will be able to access the care they need through the VA health care system.
If the vet isn’t able to seek help on their own, there is a program called Coaching into Care that maintains a hotline telephone number that the friends, family, and other concerned loved ones of U.S. vets can call to get the vet the help they need.
The National Resource Directory is an immensely helpful resource that maintains a comprehensive list of services and programs available to vets who need help.
Through the National Resource Directory, vets can get immediate assistance for emergencies such as homelessness and other financial emergencies. The Directory will help vets discover resources related to purchasing a home, getting financial assistance for education, and help for the caregivers of U.S. vets who may not be able to continue helping out without additional help.
The National Resource Directory is also the place to go to find out how to get important proof of military service records like separation documents and records of their military career.
An large number of women have served in the U.S. armed forces. Veterans Resources for Women is the place for female vets to find all the resources specifically set aside for women who are veterans of military service.
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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