There are many different benefits available to military veterans, but it’s not always a simple process to obtain them. Los Angeles area vets have several different local agencies and resources that can help out when it comes to accessing health care benefit programs that include mental health and substance abuse treatment, finding jobs in the city, and locating affordable housing.
VA healthcare benefits are available to many veterans, even if they’re not aware of it. If you’ve served active duty and have a discharge that isn’t dishonorable or if you were in the National Guard or a Reservist and completed your federally ordered service period, you may qualify for the program. When you apply, your application will be sorted into the appropriate priority group to determine your eligibility status.
The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System provides healthcare to veterans in the area at two locations, the West Los Angeles Medical Center and the Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center. Their spectrum of care includes an award-winning Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), women’s health programs, home-based care, hospice services, and programs that assist veteran family caregivers. The social work department at the West Los Angeles Medical Center offers addiction and mental health treatment and support, as well as geriatric-specific psychiatric services.
The Los Angeles County Resource Center has a website chock full of resources to help vets in the area find housing. The site includes links to program like:
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Veterans Help
Los Angeles County Veterans Resource Portal
United Way Homes for Heroes Program
Permanent and temporary housing for vets with special needs
Department of Housing and Urban Development VASH program
The city and county also have resources that provide emergency assistance to vets and their family who are at risk of becoming homeless or who are without a home. Widows and spouses of veterans may also qualify for benefits and can contact the Resource Center for more information on eligibility and application requirements.
Veterans who need access to a daily caregiver can also apply to participate in the Medical Foster Home program through the VA. Participants will live in a private residence of a fully vetted caregiver, and will be included in their everyday life. Caregivers will cook meals, and help out with daily needs and provide transportation to places like medical appointments or the pharmacy.
New Directions for Veterans is an LA based nonprofit that has been providing assistance to vets in the community since 1992. The organization provides dozens of services including counseling, legal assistance, substance abuse treatment, tax assistance and job training and placement. They operate two treatment facilities in the area and operate two women’s residential care facilities.
For additional help with your VA benefits, including assistance applying, understanding eligibility, and disputing a claim you can contact the Veterans Resource Center and the California Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
There are a number of employment agencies in the state of California that specialize in veteran placement. Here you can search by state or county for assistance closest to you.
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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