New Orleans became the first city in the U.S. to essentially end homelessness for veterans. The mayor joined the campaign to end homelessness for veterans and met his goal in 2015, providing housing opportunities for all former military men and women in the area. Although they now all have a place to stay, many are still in need of support and guidance on other relevant topics, such as health care and filing claims for benefits. Take a look at this comprehensive list to discover options both near and far that can help.
Plenty of local resources exist for veterans in New Orleans. The U.S. Veterans Affairs building sits at 1250 Poydras St #400. Visit the center if you wish to file for benefits, learn about health care, or discuss education and training.
The Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System offers services at 1601 Perdido Street. Another option sits at 2400 Canal Street. Both locations provide health care services, including filling prescriptions. The Canal Street office focuses on the health of women veterans in need of a primary care physician. Women can even call the new hotline number, 1-855-VA-WOMEN, to discuss services and options.
The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs helps you connect with the benefit you have earned. The drop down menu on their website lets you choose whether you are a veteran, family member, or civilian looking for resources, PSO locations, an MFA application, VA benefits, or how to help. As a veteran looking for resources, you can get the contact information for the Louisiana Workforce Commission, Louisiana Economic Development, Veterans Crisis Line, Louisiana Veterans Coalition, and more.
The Louisiana Veterans Coalition offers a monthly meeting. The South Regional Library Branch in Lafayette holds the meeting. It gets held on the fourth Thursday each month, starting at 7 pm and typically lasting between 60 and 90 minutes. Join in on the discussion and learn about other valuable resources and events recommended by other vets.
The VFW is an important organization for veterans. The national group has posts all throughout the country, ensuring there is a place for all veterans to come together for support. One post offers a monthly meeting in New Orleans at 531 Lyons St. Post 8973 Alfred E. Flynn Post has John as commander and Bradley Hayes as quartermaster. Sessions take place on the third Thursday of every month at 7 pm.
Veteran’s Day is a prime time to recognize the veterans in the city. New Orleans holds numerous events to honor those who have served or are currently serving. The National World War II Museum offers free admission to veterans, while many restaurants and stores offer discounts or free meals. A Veterans Day Parade takes place starting at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome before noon and ending at the Municipal Auditorium around 2:30 pm. Visit your favorite places in the city and ask about their Veteran's day specials. Many offer at least a small discount on Veteran’s Day to those who served, while others offer coupons good for the next entire month of November.
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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