The needs of a veteran are incredibly unique. Because of that, there are dozens and dozens of support groups, service providers, and organizations dedicated to helping veterans get benefits, develop community, and find the medical and health care that they need.
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, veterans are well taken care of. Whether you’re looking for a workshop to help you through financial struggles or a bit of a boost in getting on your feet, here are a few of the resources available to vets in Pittsburgh.
As part of the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, there are two U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals in the Pittsburgh area, including the University Drive campus and the H.J. Heinz campus.
University Drive Campus: At the University Drive campus, veterans can receive everything from emergency care to mental health services. They can also receive services in primary care, audiology, and behavioral health. To assist veterans who do not want to drive in city traffic, the University Drive campus also provides a Park & Shuttle from 7180 Highland Drive to the campus.
H.J. Heinz Campus: The H.J. Heinz campus is located at 1010 Delafield Road. Unlike the University Drive campus, the H.J. Heinz campus offers veterans with services like creative arts therapy, community based care, and weight management programs. The H.J. Heinz campus also offers a Disabled American Veterans Van and beneficiary travel to help vets get to their appointments.
Pittsburgh veterans can also receive services from the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Programs and services offered by the Office of Veterans affairs at the Pennsylvania DMVA include the Educational Gratuity Program, Blind Veterans Pension, Amputee and Paralyzed Veterans Pension, Veterans Temporary Assistance, and Military Family Relief Assistance program.
The DMVA of Pennsylvania can also help to connect Pittsburgh veterans with additional services and organizations that they are looking for.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars is another organization that can provide veterans with support they need. In many ways, getting involved with a VFW post can allow the veteran to become part of a community and to get touch with individuals with similar interests and backgrounds. Here are a few of the VFW posts located in Pittsburgh, although there are 59 posts within 20 miles of the city:
VFW Post #6675 - 1930 Sidney St. | (412) 904-2842
VFW Post #1810 – 3801 Saw Mill Run Blvd. | (412) 881-9934
VFW Post #5111 – 310 Sweetbriar St. | (412) 431-8321
The Southwest Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Health can also be a great resource for veterans struggling with depression, anxiety, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
On Veterans Day, Pittsburgh celebrates their local military men and women with a Veterans Day Parade and special deals for the veterans at various locations throughout the city. The Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum, located at 4141 5th Ave. and is the only memorial museum entirely dedicated to honoring military branches, also holds events to honor veterans periodically throughout the year.
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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