The Milwaukee region is home to more than 47,000 U.S. military veterans, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. A variety of resources and assistance programs administered by federal and state government offices as well as local community organizations are available to help Milwaukee vets, many of which are 65 years of age or older. Benefits include healthcare services, housing assistance for the homeless, tuition waivers for continuing education, job training programs, and more.
The Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center provides Milwaukee vets with a variety of outpatient, primary, secondary, and tertiary healthcare services. Unique services at the medical center include the telemedicine program and a geriatric evaluation and management program. Ride options to the medical center, which is located at 5000 West National Avenue, include the Milwaukee County Transit bus line, Washington County Commuter Express, or the Disabled American Veterans shuttle service.
Assistance programs provided by the Milwaukee County Veterans Service Office for area vets includes job services, legal clinics, and help to file disability claims. Staff members can provide information about continuing education, federal home loans, retirement benefits, life insurance claims, veterans’ cemeteries, tuition waivers, and more.
The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs supports those that served through a variety of programs and services. Staff members are available to help Milwaukee vets take advantage of educational benefit programs such as the Federal G.I. Bill and the Wisconsin G.I. Bill to enhance lifelong learning opportunities. Other programs include employment assistance and job training, financial assistance in the form of grants, loans, and tax benefits, and the Veterans Outreach & Recovery Program (VORP) for homeless vets.
Milwaukee vets that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless can get immediate assistance by contacting the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans. Support services are provided nationwide to all 50 states including Wisconsin in the effort to help vets find temporary housing and additional services at the local level within their community. Call Center staff are available every day around-the-clock seven days a week.
The Milwaukee area is home to 13 chapter posts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Membership within this national support service organization provides Milwaukee vets with a variety of beneficial perks. VFW posts sponsor a variety of local community activities and events for vets to enjoy. Rewards of joining include having access to special discounts on services including travel, financial, insurance, and medical as well as savings on merchandise purchases.
There are about 48 American Legion chapter posts located within Milwaukee and the surrounding area. Membership includes a wide range of benefits and special discounts. A free subscription to the American Legion Magazine tops the list. Milwaukee vets can attend job fairs and career events, get information about the G.I. Bill for educational benefits, and get advice to help them manage their personal finances. Other perks include special discounts on auto rentals, travel, lodging, and more.
The Annual Veterans Day Parade and Day of Honor take place each year in downtown Milwaukee to honor all those who served in war. More than 1,000 participate in the parade that features marching bands and floats. At the conclusion of the parade, military displays are included within the Day of Honor service at the War Memorial. The memorial service takes place at the Reflecting Pool.
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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