In exchange for their military service, veterans earn an array of benefits. However, accessing these benefits is not always easy. Vets in the Knoxville area have several local resources to assist in navigating the process of finding job search services, housing programs, and healthcare benefits, including mental health and substance abuse programs.
Some vets are not aware that they qualify for healthcare benefits through the Veterans Administration. According to the VA, any vet with active duty service who was not dishonorably discharged may be eligible for VA healthcare enrollment. This includes National Guard and Reservist veterans who completed a federally ordered service period. Benefits vary by priority group.
The VA medical center closest to Knoxville is the Mountain Home VA Medical Center, which is an hour and a half drive away. However, there is also the local William C. Tallent Outpatient Clinic in Knoxville. They examine, evaluate, and provide treatment for eligible vets. They can also provide referrals to appropriate medical centers.
Knox County Veteran Services provides a long resource list for veterans and their families with a wide range of state and federal land, long-term care, and home programs. Some of these include:
Qualifying vets are eligible for VA home loan services, including guaranteed loans for buying a manufactured home and lot, a home, certain kinds of condos, or to repair, improve, or build homes.
Federal VA home loans and help on how to apply
Ben Atchley Tennessee Sate Veterans’ Home located in Knoxville
Tax exemptions for veterans with specific service-connected disabilities
If you or a vet in your family is homeless or at risk of homelessness, the county can also find you emergency help. Military widows and spouses can also get assistance with benefits applications through Knox County.
The VA’s Medical Foster Home program is another housing program for vets with daily care needs. The program is administered for the area by the Mountain Home VAMC. Participants live in local private homes with caregivers who have gone through a background check and are willing to offer help with daily activities, include the veteran in family life, provide transportation, and prepare meals.
The East Tennessee Military Affairs Council is a nonprofit organization that was founded to support, recognize, encourage, and advocate on behalf of and for military activities in the region. The group provides a forum to share challenges and solutions, volunteers, ideas and info, and to help in fundraising activities. They are a helpful resource for learning more about your benefits.
The Tennessee Veterans Business Association offers business development assistance, networking opportunities, and entrepreneurship training to military vets and their families. They also offer help in finding rewarding work for all vets and support the work of both private and public sector groups that offer charitable support to veterans and current service members.
Lastly, the Tennessee Department of Veteran Services serves as a liaison for three state veteran homes, helps with active duty casualties, and hosts outreach events to assist vets and their families.
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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