Plano is home to 13,275 veterans and 2,647 veteran-owned firms, as reported by the United States Census Bureau in the 2010 to 2014 figures. With so many veterans residing in the Plano area, you can find plenty of local, state, and national organizations that support vets in the community.
The Veterans Resource Center has served more than 28,000 veterans since 2012. The networking site has connected vets with state and national organizations to assist with employment, housing, and educational opportunities. You can visit the center at 4900 S. Lancaster Road in Dallas. A few of the organizations the Veterans Resource Center coordinates services with include AMVETS, Texas Veterans Commission, Cedar Valley Community College, and Veterans Benefits Administration.
The Dallas Vet Center is located at 8610 Greenville Avenue in Suite 125 in Dallas and is open Monday through Friday to answer your questions regarding filing claims and eligible benefits. The center is less than 15 minutes (12 miles) from Plano and you find information about pensions such as the VA Aid and Attendance, long-term care, disability compensation, employment training, housing, educational opportunities, and more.
The VA North Texas Health Care System and its Plano VA Outpatient Clinic treats veterans in the Plano area without them having to travel to the Dallas VA Medical Center. The clinic is located at 3804 W. 15th Street and is open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. You can contact the Outpatient Clinic at (972)801-4200 for more information.
One of the oldest statewide veteran resources still functioning today is the Texas Veterans Commission, which was established in 1927 to meet the needs of veterans from the Indian wars, Spanish-American War, and World War I. The commission continues to provide opportunities to veterans in Texas as well as protect their entitlements, benefits, and rights.
The Texas Veterans Commission has four program areas that serve the needs of today’s veterans and their families. The Veterans Employment Services match equal opportunity employers with veterans in the appropriate positions. The Veterans Education Program approves all educational programming for vets and ensures the institutions are following federal guidelines and providing veterans with education and training.
The Claims Representation and Counseling Program represent disabled veterans and their families in front of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and protect the rights and benefits of disabled veterans in Texas. The Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance grants funds to eligible organizations that directly serve veterans in the area.
American Veterans, also known as AMVETS, is a nationally-recognized organization that provides support to veterans and raises awareness about issues affecting vets. AMVETS holds events throughout the country, including Pushups for the Cause, an event to fight veteran suicide. You can find AMVETS posts throughout Texas and several in the Dallas area near Plano.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) has one post in Plano that meets on the second Saturday of each month.
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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