If you’re a military veteran, chances are good that you qualify for an array of benefits as a result of your service. Sometimes, applying for and obtaining the benefits can be the tricky part. Eligible vets in Philadelphia are fortunate to have several area resources that can assist with the process of obtaining health care, home loan and housing, and employment benefits. Here we discuss a few places that can help you get started.
Nearly every veteran who has served is entitled to participate in the VA healthcare program. You are eligible if you served during your active duty period and received your discharge (as long as it wasn’t dishonorable), or if you completed your service as part of the Reserves or the National Guard for your federal period. Vets need to apply for benefits and eligibility will be determined based on the priority group you qualify for during the time of your application.
The Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center offers a plethora of service options to vets and their families in Philadelphia. Included in the spectrum of care are geriatric and extended care, mental health programs, substance abuse and addiction treatment, primary and emergency care, as well as a number of specialized care options. There are also a number of caregiver support programs available to those providing care for a vet including support groups, adult day care, in-home care, and hospice services.
The City of Philadelphia Veterans Housing Commission houses many valuable resources on their website including links to forms, publications and manuals, as well as community housing resources like the Veterans Comfort House. Vets can find information on many of the programs they’re eligible for including:
Housing Choice Voucher Program (also known as HUD or Section 8)
Home loans with low-interest rates to help with downpayment on a house
Short-term housing solutions for vets
Low-interest loan programs that fund home improvements or home accessibility projects
The Philadelphia VA also offers several programs to help out homeless vets, including safe housing programs to help vets stay in their home or find a new home. Case workers, social workouts, and outreach staff are also available to help homeless vets get back on their feet and back into the workforce through the program.
Veterans who need a place to live and who also require assistance with day to day tasks like personal care, preparing meals, and driving, can apply for the VA Medical Foster Home program. Through the program, vets are placed in a fully vetted private residence with a caregiver who can assist with day to day needs.
Philadelphia is home to one of the Regional Benefits Offices throughout the country that provides help to veterans, their families, and their survivors in Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas. This regional benefits office houses the Pension Management Center for 19 states and is also one of eight National Call Centers. They offer in-person assistance for veterans with benefits, compensation, and employment services.
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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