For their time and dedication to the military, veterans in Nashville are entitled to receive special benefits and support services. Those benefits may come in the form of specific health care, financial breaks or aids, or counseling and emotional support. For Nashville vets, there are local, state, and national groups available to them.
Here is a brief overview of some of the services available to Nashville vets.
The Tennessee Valley Healthcare System – Nashville Campus is located at 1310 24th Avenue South. With medical services specifically aimed at veterans in the area, the Nashville Campus of the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System offers the following services:
Audiology & Speech Pathology
Post Traumatic Stress
Nashville Veterans also have access to Operation Stand Down Tennessee. At the Nashville location of Operation Stand Down Tennessee, located at 1125 12th Ave. S., the Veterans Service Center can help local veterans with everything from providing clothes or transportation services to helping with legal issues or benefits counseling. If there is a service that Operation Stand Down Tennessee is unable to provide, they can make a connection to help vets get the care they are looking for.
For additional services or care, vets in Nashville can contact the Department of Veterans Services. The Department of Veterans Services can assist vets in finding a job, receiving an education, or identify and apply for state and federal benefits. While the Department of Veterans Services covers the entire state of Tennessee, the department is headquartered in Nashville at 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue.
Nashville is also home to a number of local chapters overseen by larger national veteran support organizations. With small chapters, veterans can receive special support and attention. Here are a few of the most popular national resources available to Nashville veterans:
Veterans of Foreign Wars: As a national organization, there are posts located all over the country. The leaders of these posts are not only well trained in applying for and discovering benefits and services, they also create an air of community for the veterans that work with the post.
In Nashville, there are 3 VFW posts. Those posts include Post #1291 located at 1907 Lebanon Pike, Post #1970 located at 7220 Charlotte Pike, and Post #9687 located at 1930 Shamrock Drive.
National Alliance on Mental Illness: Because veterans are prone to suffer from mental illnesses like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, and anxiety, becoming involved with the National Alliance on Mental Illness can bring a better understanding to the veteran’s thoughts and help them overcome their struggles. For the Nashville area, there is the Davidson County chapter of NAMI.
Every year, the city of Nashville recognizes their local veterans with a Veterans Day Parade. The parade includes antique cars, floats, and groups of local military veterans. High school bands are invited to march in the parade and the entire event is welcoming to people of all ages.
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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