It’s only right that the people who proudly volunteered to serve the United States in our armed forces should be well cared for after they return to civilian life. Frequently, veterans of military service leave active duty with a myriad of health issues that range from chronic physical conditions to emotional damage that can take years to resolve.
Oakland vets may have a hard time finding out what services and assistance they may qualify to receive. The Veteran’s Administration and other organizations are dedicated to helping U.S. vets get the care and help they earned.
Continue reading to learn about some of the resources available to help veterans get medical, housing, psychiatric, and employment help to keep them on track in their civilian lives.
Veterans aged 55 and older who were discharged from active military service under honorable conditions are eligible to apply for a place. This age requirement can be waived for disabled and homeless veterans as well as those that need long-term care.
Veteran’s homes range widely in size. The selection starts from smaller communities of sixty residents on around 20-acres to well over one thousand residents on a vast acreage. In total, the California state veterans homes provide housing and care for about three thousand veterans.
There are currently eight homes that comprise a system of live-in, residential care facilities that supply a comprehensive plan of medical, dental, pharmaceutical, rehab services and social activities inside a homelike, community environment.
Many times the military occupational specialty a veteran had been trained in doesn’t translate into gainful civilian employment. For this and other reasons, veterans are provided with educational benefits so that they can retrain for a new civilian career.
The California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program grants financial awards to qualified members of the California Army or Air National Guard and State Military Reserve. The California State Grant will cover the complete tuition billing.
The College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents benefit will waive required tuition and fees at all State of California Community Colleges, the California State University system, or even the University of California campus.
Vets can take advantage of the Montgomery GI Bill for up to three years of educational benefits. Vets can use this benefit for a degree or certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeships, on-the-job training, or to pay for correspondence courses.
The National Resource Directory is an online partnership that’s dedicated to helping wounded, ill, and disabled veterans find programs and assistance for themselves and their families.
Vets can find out about programs like:
eBenefits: ebenefits is a joint VA/Dept. of Defense website that offers resources and provides self-service capabilities for vets, currently serving military personnel, and their families to discover, access and also manage their Veteran’s Administration, military benefits, and personal information.
Hidden Heroes: this program brings critical attention to the unheard stories of military and veteran caregivers as well as seeking solutions to the vast challenges and long-term needs they routinely face.
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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