With tens of thousands of veterans living in the state of Arizona, it is no wonder why there are organizations, centers, and resources all over the state dedicated to helping veterans find their footing and get the care they need as they age. Each of these communities are dedicated to a different area of veteran life, including medical care, emotional support, assistance with applying for benefits, and more.
For veterans in the Phoenix area, here are the local, state, and national resources they should get in touch with.
For medical care in the Phoenix area, local vets can turn to the Phoenix VA Health Care System. Located at 650 E. Indian School Road, The Phoenix VA Health Care System can provide veterans with geriatrics and extended care, dental services, and mental health information. The Phoenix VA Health Care system also has additional services for veterans, including a Veterans Justice Outreach program, recreation therapy, and a Women Veterans Health Program.
In addition to the Phoenix VA Health Care System, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides support to Phoenix veterans through the Phoenix Regional Benefit Office. At the Phoenix Regional Benefit Office, local veterans can receive help determining which benefits they qualify for, understand how to apply, and receive help with finding a job or getting an education.
Phoenix veterans can receive additional support or services from the Arizona Department of Veterans Services. The main goal of the Arizona Department of Veterans Services is to ensure all Arizona veterans and their families understand the benefits that they are entitled to and can apply for them.
The Arizona Department of Veterans Services have supplemental divisions for supporting veterans, including education, fiduciary, memorials and burials, and veteran homes. The department also supports the Arizona State Veteran Home, which is located in Phoenix.
Nationwide resources are also available to Phoenix veterans through local chapters. One of the biggest organizations dedicated to helping veterans is the Veterans of Foreign Wars. A VFW post can help veterans understand the benefits available to them as well as help them through the application process. As experts in the services available to veterans in the area, the officers of any VFW post can help others find the treatment or care that they need.
VFW posts are also meeting places for an entire community of veterans. With weekly dinners or breakfasts, other social events, and community involvement, getting involved with a VFW post can be a great way for veterans to meet new people.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness Valley of the Sun chapter is also available to Phoenix veterans. Because vets are prone to developing a mental illness, like depression, anxiety, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, connecting with NAMI can help them find relief and support.
The city of Phoenix recognizes their local veterans each year with a Veterans Day Parade. The Phoenix Suns also hold a special Military Appreciation Night around Veterans Day to honor those who have served and protected.
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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