Veterans have access to a variety of benefits in return for serving our country. Yet, figuring out how to get these benefits can be difficult. Luckily, Plano vets can turn to several local resources to look for housing programs, job-search services, and health care benefits, such as mental health and substance abuse programs.
Not every veteran is aware that they are eligible for health care benefits through Veterans Affairs (VA). Any non-dishonorably discharged veteran with active duty services can enroll in VA health care, even if you completed a federally-ordered service period as a Reservist or in the National Guard. Applications are sorted by priority group.
Hospice services, home-based care, geriatric care, women’s health programs, and support services for family caregivers of vets are all provided by the Dallas VA Medical Center (VAMC) close by. The Dallas VAMC also offers treatment for memory issues, trauma and substance abuse programs, geriatric psychiatry, and other mental health services.
You can find a wide array of state and federal land, home, and long-term care programs for veterans and their families when you visit the website for Collin County Veteran Services, including:
A list of approved lenders for the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) Veterans Housing Assistance Loan Program
Exemptions from property taxes for vets with certain disabilities related to their service
Discounted home improvement loans for eligible veterans
Instructions for applying for federal VA home loans
Texas State Veterans Homes – Bonham has the nearest one to Plano
The county can help you find emergency aid when you or a beloved veteran are homeless or at risk of being homeless. Additionally, Collin County can help military widows and spouses apply for benefits.
Another housing option for veterans with daily care needs is the Medical Foster Home program provided by the VA. The Dallas VAMC administers this program for the area. Veterans are included in family life, receive meals, get help with daily tasks, and receive transportation from carefully vetted caregivers who take vets into their local homes.
The VLB at the Texas General Land Office is proud to provide Texas’s vets with services that go above and beyond what they would get nationally. The VLB hosts benefits fairs each year all around the state to assist veterans, spouses, and other loved ones in learning about what resources are available. The next Veterans Benefits Fair in the area is on June 3, 2017, at the Dallas VAMC. Visit the VLB Events page for the most current schedule.
Veterans can also find benefits from groups like the Texas Veterans Commission, the Dallas Veterans Resource Center, and the Texas Workforce Commission. Since 2012, Plano-area vets have turned to the Veterans Resource Center for help with applying for medical care, continuing their education, and finding jobs and housing.
When older vets and qualifying spouses are in need of jobs, the Texas Workforce Commission provides priority services. There are several Workforce Solutions offices throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, including one in Plano.
For more information on the Aid & Attendance Benefit and for help paying for assisted living, visit VeteranAid.org.
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