For serving your country, you are entitled to a multitude of benefits, such as medical care, housing, disability compensation, long-term care pensions, memorial services, and more. Throughout the Mesa area and Maricopa County, you will find plenty of resources for veterans.
The Southeast Veterans Affairs Health Care Clinic, through the Phoenix VA Health Care System, serves veterans in the Mesa area including those living in Chandler, Superior, Queen Creek, Casa Grande, and Apache Junction. Although the clinic does not house a pharmacy on-site, you can seek primary medical care and specialty services. Veterans suffering from depression and PTSD can visit the clinic’s psychiatrist or psychologist for help. The facility also employs professionals in nutrition, dentistry, radiology, dermatology, rheumatology, and gastroenterology.
The 60,000 square-foot facility serves about 14,000 veterans in the area. The clinic is located at 3285 S. Val Vista Drive in Gilbert which is 13 miles from Mesa and is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 4 PM. You will need to call the clinic to schedule an appointment at (480)397-2800.
Finding housing can be a difficult task if you just retired from the military or you need financial assistance. The Mesa Community College Office of Veteran Services works in conjunction with other organizations, like the National Vets Technical Assistance Center, Arizona Department of Veteran Services, Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness, and the Community Resource and Referral Center.
The VA can help if you have become homeless. You can contact a trained VA representative at the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-424-3838. Depending on your situation, the representative may contact the local VA Homeless Program near you for assistance. Other programs include the Homeless Veteran Supported Employment Program (HVSEP), Compensated Work Therapy (CWT), Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program, HUD-VA Supportive Housing Program, Acquired Property Sales for Homeless Providers Program, and the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program.
The Mesa Vet Center is located at 1303 South Longmore in Suite 5 in Mesa and is open Monday through Friday and the second Saturday of each month. At the center, you will find more information about benefits, claims, disability compensation, pensions like the VA Aid and Attendance, life insurance, cemetery and burial plans, memorial services, long-term care, nursing home care, and more. The trained representatives can answer your questions and assist you in completing forms.
If you prefer to manage your VA and DoD benefits online, you can enroll through the Phoenix Regional Benefit Office. The VA portal allows you to apply for a VA-guaranteed home loan, check disability or survivor claim status, or enroll in auto-pay for your life insurance. You can also visit the office in person at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at 3333 North Central Avenue in Phoenix which is less than 20 miles from Mesa. You can use the VA’s portal to connect to other resources such as My HealtheVet, prescriptions, VA forms, state and local resources, and more.
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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