Lexington, Kentucky is home to almost 20,000 U.S. military veterans, according to population data compiled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Many Lexington vets are 65 years of age or older, and can benefit from a variety of services administered by federal and state offices as well as national service support organizations. Here’s a brief overview of assistance programs for veterans that live in Lexington.
The Lexington VA Medical Center includes two divisions to serve area vets. The Leestown center, which is located at 2250 Leestown Road, provides a wide range of services including primary care, mental health, substance abuse treatment, hospice and respite services, prosthetics and orthotics, geriatrics, and inpatient Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment.
The Cooper center division of the Lexington VA Medical Center is located at 1101 Veterans Drive in Lexington. Cooper’s services include a progressive care unit and medicine specialty clinics along with psychiatric inpatients services as well as outpatient primary healthcare. Additional services include the Cardiac Cath Lab, ambulatory surgery, and hemodialysis.
The Lexington Vet Center located at 1500 Leestown Road, Suite 104, provides services in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Staff members will assist vets by helping them file claims to obtain VA benefits such as disability compensation, pensions, and survivor benefits. Other assistance programs include vocational and rehabilitation, employment services, dependents’ educational assistance, home loans, and life insurance.
The California Department of Veterans Affairs administers a variety of programs and services some of which are provided in conjunction with the Veterans Administration. Benefits include tuition assistance, job training, healthcare and medical services, housing assistance and home loans, and advocacy support to obtain benefits.
Other resources for vets to explore include the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans. The call center provides nationwide services to all 50 states including Kentucky to help veterans that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Vets can get housing assistance and will be provided with essential services including healthcare and employment training.
The Lexington area of Kentucky has a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) chapter post that provides members with a variety of benefits. The rewards of joining the VFW include special discounts on travel packages along with savings on hotels and car rentals. Other membership rewards include access to financial services, insurance, prescriptions and vision care discounts, and retail merchandise discounts.
The American Legion offers Lexington area veterans a full range of membership benefits. Supportive services and programs include sponsored community events and social activities along with special discounts on services such as auto rentals, travel, and lodging. The American Legion also helps veterans with a homeless outreach assistance program that provides housing and job training services.
Lexington, Kentucky honors its area veterans each year with a variety of community events that include a Veterans Day Parade. The event is sponsored annually by local community organizations and receives support and assistance from a variety of sources. Participants that march in the parade vary from year to year and include veterans and representatives from local national service support organizations. For information about upcoming Veterans Day Parades, contact the City of Lexington government office.
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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