More than 50,000 U.S. military veterans live within the Memphis metro region of Shelby County according to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics. Many of these vets are age 65 and older and are eligible for federal and state government assistance programs. Vets can benefit from a variety of services including continuing education, financial services, and invitations to social events and activities. Here’s a brief overview of options available for vets that live in the Memphis area.
The Memphis VA Medical Center (VAMC) provides a wide range of services for area veterans that includes disease prevention, mental health, nutrition, palliative care, and more. The medical center, at 1030 Jefferson Avenue, is conveniently accessible via several local public transportation bus routes. Regular and handicapped parking is provided free for all patients that visit the VAMC Memphis.
The National Call Center for Homeless Veterans works in conjunction with the Memphis VA Medical Center (VAMC) to help homeless veterans, and those at risk of losing their homes, through their counseling hotline or online chat service. VAMC staff is available to assist veterans with a variety of supportive services that includes housing programs, mental healthcare, and employment programs.
The Shelby County Office of Veterans’ Services provides help to veterans, surviving spouses, and their families through a variety of programs. Staff members provide assistance in filing claims or applications for services such as educational assistance, disability pensions, and home loans.
The University of Memphis Veterans Resource Center assists vets by helping them integrate back into the community. Services include academic resources to aid in overall personal development accessible through educational benefits and mentoring programs.
The Tennessee Veterans Commission administers state services and programs that assist vets through job fairs, education benefits, new business resources, motor services, and more. Veterans can apply for specialty motor service plates and parking privileges. Additional services include recreational discounts and tax relief programs.
Another excellent resource is the Tennessee State Veteran’s Benefits Discounts online brochure that provides a full listing of special services for vets. This resource provides information on housing programs, employment services, property tax relief assistance, educational programs, and discounts for disabled veterans.
There are three Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) posts within Memphis. VFW membership helps to benefit vets by providing them with access to a variety of resources. Service officers assigned to individual post locations can assist vets with the process of filing a claim to obtain their hard-earned VA benefits. VFW also provides its members with discounts on travel, insurance, financial, and retail services.
The American Legion is a national veterans’ service organization that honors those that served with a variety of supportive programs and activities. The Memphis area is home to three post locations. Membership benefits provide discounts on services such as auto rentals, home services, travel, and lodging. Homeless outreach assistance helps vets with temporary housing and training programs.
The Memphis area of Tennessee honors those that served in war through various sponsored activities each year on Veterans’ Day. Memphis area vets receive recognition for their service with the Memphis Veterans Day Parade and the Memphis National Cemetery Veterans Day Ceremony. Events are planned and administered by the City of Memphis in conjunction with several participating organizations including the Memphis VA Medical Center (VAMC).
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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