With a population inching closer to half-million residents, Mesa is home to as many as 34,372 veterans as well as 3,383 veteran-owned businesses. The State of Arizona and the city provide support groups and organizations for veterans to help with job searches, counseling, health care, and more. If you are looking for help in the Mesa area, consider using one of the following city, state, or national organizations.
The Mesa Vet Center is your local one-stop resource for general benefits information, claims, pensions like the VA Aid and Attendance, disability compensation, life insurance, burial, and cemetery services, nursing homes, and more. The 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.
The City of Mesa hosts Mesa Vets Connect, a resource through the Military and Veteran Resource Network. You can attend networking events such as employment fairs, community services, educational services, housing services, and health and wellness fairs. The site for Mesa Vets Connect lists contact information for resources in Mesa and East Valley like Neighborhood Outreach, Tool Lending, American Legion Chapter 26, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 8, Mesa Community College Office of Veteran Services, and more.
Veterans may find it difficult to find suitable housing after returning home, after being wounded, or after retirement. The Mesa Community College Office of Veteran Services provides resources to help vets in Mesa find new homes. The office relies on organizations like Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness, Arizona Department of Veteran Services, Community Resource and Referral Center, and the National Vets Technical Assistance Center to assist veterans and their families in a coordinated effort.
Whether you are returning home after retirement or you’ve been a veteran for decades, the Arizona Department of Veterans Services can provide you with information on benefit entitlements, counseling, health care, housing, employment, and educational opportunities. You can request a benefits booklet for additional information.
The Phoenix Regional Benefit Office from the Veterans Benefits Administration and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides Mesa veterans with a place to manage their VA and DOD benefits as well as check the status of disability and survivor claims. You can also sign up for life insurance auto pay or check your eligibility for a VA-guaranteed home loan. The office is located at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at 3333 North Central Avenue in Phoenix.
AMVETS is a nationally-recognized organization that raises awareness in the community of issues affecting veterans while also providing veteran services. The organization holds events, like "Pushups for the Cause," an event to promote the awareness and reduce the instances of veteran suicide. Recognition ceremonies are held across the nation to honor veterans. You can use the AMVETS website to locate posts in the Mesa area and several in Phoenix.
The Arizona Coalition for Military Families in Maricopa County (ACMF) provides an employment roadmap and a network of military and veteran resources. You can contact ACMF at (602)753-8802.
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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