Veterans earn benefits for serving our country and Laredo is happy to provide plenty of programs and services to meet their needs. Veterans can find health care programs that will provide not only primary care but also provide mental health care, substance abuse treatment, and services for those with disabilities. Veterans in Laredo can also find housing benefits that include special loans, financial assistance, and homeless shelters as well as employment services like job training or continued education.
There are several forms of health care that veterans earn but sadly, some of them don’t know they qualify for those benefits. An even larger group of veterans don’t know what their benefits cover and might miss out on vital services. The VA says any active duty military member or veteran not dishonorably discharged is entitled to health care. National Guard members and those in the Reserve that served during a federally ordered time can also get health care benefits. Each veteran has a priority group and applications are based on those groups.
Laredo’s primary VA medical center is in Harlingen. The Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System offers senior veterans care such as mental health wellness, geriatric psychiatry, in-home care, hospice services, adult day care, and more. Even caregivers of veterans can use the VA for support services like counseling. There is an outpatient clinic in Laredo that can handle things like primary care appointments, mental health checkups, prescriptions, and lab results.
Veterans also get housing benefits. These benefits can be for loans, purchasing a house, financial assistance, or support for the homeless. The Veterans Land Board which serves Texas veterans lists a few of the loans military members and their families can use. These include:
The land loan allows veterans to purchase land at below market interest rates and with only 5% of a down payment.
Home loans for veterans include low-interest rates and possible no down payment.
There are also loans for home repairs. These loans are also at below market interest rates and can help veterans fix or remodel their house.
Veterans that are homeless or could become homeless soon can also find support programs in Laredo. The city of Laredo has the HUD-VASH program which is a partnership with the Housing and Urban Development department. This program helps homeless veterans find transitional and permanent housing.
TexVet has links to Laredo resources for low-income and homeless veterans as well as their families.
The South Texas Aging and Disability Resource Center in Laredo has lists of all the health care and other services senior veterans can use. Their list includes information on veterans’ homes, assisted living, and more.
TexVet is another valuable resource for additional assistance in Texas. Veterans can learn more about financial aid as well as employment opportunities and training. They can also find benefits counselors in their area.
Texas Workforce Commission has locations throughout the state that can help Texas veterans find a job. There is a Workforce Solution office in Laredo, and they offer services such as job training, education on transitioning to civilian life, earning college credit, and career assessments.
Veterans can learn more about how Aid & Assistance can help pay for assisted living by visiting VeteranAid.org.
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