The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs population data listings show that more than 59,000 U.S. military veterans live within the Wake County region of Raleigh. Senior vets that are 65 years of age or older can benefit from the many programs administered by federal and state government offices as well as local community support organizations. Services for Raleigh vets include continuing education, job training, rehabilitative programs, housing assistance, and membership discounts.
The Raleigh II Outpatient Clinic, which is an extension of the Durham VA Medical Center, provides outpatient medical care and behavioral health care services for Raleigh area veterans. The clinic, which is located at 3040 Hammond Business Place, Suite 105, offers free parking for veterans and visitors. Full handicapped access is available for disabled veterans.
The Wake County Veterans Services Office assists veterans that live in the Raleigh area with a variety of programs. The office staff helps vets to file applications to receive services and benefits including disability, dependent and survivor benefits, hospital and medical care, burial benefits, educational assistance, job training programs, vocational rehabilitation, VA-guaranteed home loans, and more.
The North Carolina Department of Military & Veterans Affairs administers a wide variety of services for Raleigh vets. The range of benefits listed on their NC4Vets.com site includes job training and apprenticeship programs, healthcare services, help filing for VA benefits, housing assistance, legal resources, tuition assistance, and more.
Raleigh area vets that are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless can get immediate assistance by contacting the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans. Supportive services are provided free of charge and assistance is available continually around the clock seven days a week. Staff work one-on-one with vets to get them the help that they need. Program services include housing assistance, community employment services, and healthcare.
The Raleigh area of North Carolina has two local chapter posts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Membership within a chapter of the VFW provides vets with a variety of rewards that includes locally sponsored events and social activities. Other benefits of joining include having access to discounted rates on a variety of services and retail merchandise.
There are 18 American Legion chapter posts located within a 20-mile radius of the Raleigh metro area. Membership provides a full range of services and benefits that includes continuing education and career assistance, family and community support, temporary housing and job training for homeless vets, and discounts on services such as auto rentals, travel, and lodging.
Raleigh honors and recognizes those that served in war with a Veterans Day Parade each year in November. The event is sponsored by several local organizations and includes members of local national support organizations such as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Registration for upcoming parades is available on the site of NCVeteransParade.com, where entrants can complete an online form to participate in the community event.
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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