Florida has more than 1.5 million veterans. Those that have served may not realize just how many resources are available to them. There are many benefits such as tax breaks, housing, health care, automobile and clothing allowances, and other resources.
Getting help gaining the benefits you deserve can sometimes be frustrating, however, there are groups and organizations that are there for you. Here are some of the resources veterans in the Miami area have available to them.
The Miami VA Healthcare system serves veterans throughout the Miami and Dade County area. Comprehensive routine and major medical care services are available to veterans and their spouses.
Doctors and veterans service workers are also there to help veterans apply for benefits such as medical care, housing, or clothing and automobile allowances. In some cases, there is compensation for home care providers.
Veterans can apply for benefits online by using the E benefits system. This is often the quickest and easiest way for veterans to get the process started. Follow up appointments and interviews are likely. It can take some time for the VA to gather the necessary documents and information to make a decision on your claim.
The Veterans Administration has Vet centers in most major cities. These centers help vets with claims, emotional support, and more. The Miami center is open six days a week, but veterans can request appointments outside of regular hours if needed.
Counseling groups and mental health care are strongly emphasized. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in both men and women is one of the most common issues addressed. The friendly personnel at the Vet Center are trained to be sensitive to the needs of vets and their families.
This program is for veterans, their children, widows, parents of veterans, retired veterans and their families. Officers can be hep with compensation and pension,education, home loans, and vocational programs. Anyone that has served in an active position should look and see what benefits they qualify for.
An honorable discharge certificate, marriage certificate, or birth certificate are good to have on hand when you or a family member goes to apply for any benefits.
If you are a veteran then you are likely qualified to receive assisted living care at one of Florida's state veterans homes. Requirements for entering state veterans home include an honorable discharge, state residency before admission, and certification of need of assisted living or skilled nursing care as determined by a VA physician.
Spouses and parents of veterans sometimes qualify for admission but may have to pay some fees. The rate that veterans pay is based on service records and disability rating. In some cases, full-time nursing care is 100% covered. This is typical in cases where the Purple Heart has been awarded, or major health issues have occurred as a result of military experience.
Long term care insurance, Medicare, and other benefits can help cover the remaining cost of care if everything is not covered by the VA.
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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