As home to thousands of veterans, Richmond, Virginia understands the unique needs and services that previous military men and women have. Returning home to find housing, jobs, and continue life can be difficult for many, and as they age, their care needs become incredibly unique.
To help local veterans find the care, community, and support that they need, Richmond offers vets the assistance of a number of organizations and community centers. Here is a brief overview of what kind of help vets can expect in Richmond.
For health care, Richmond vets can turn to the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. Located at 1201 Brock Road Blvd., the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center is an extension of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Through the VA medical community, veterans in Richmond can receive mental health care, social work assistance, and primary care services.
Veterans in Richmond can receive additional support from the Richmond Vet Center, which is also a part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Richmond Vet Center is located at 4902 Fitzhugh Avenue or can be reached by phone at (804) 353-8958.
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services provides a number of benefits, support services, and care to vets living in Virginia. For veterans living in Richmond, the Virginia Department of Veterans Services can help them determine benefits that they qualify for and walk them through how to apply to them. The DVS can also help veterans find education, employment, or care centers when needed.
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services has their main headquarters located in Richmond, at 900 E. Main Street. They also have four supplemental locations in the Richmond area where veterans can find direct services. Those locations include the Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center, the McGuire VA Medical Center Benefits Field Office, the Virginia War Memorial, and the Henrico Benefits Field Office.
Veterans in Richmond can also find a sense of community in the area by joining a Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. Richmond is home to VFW Post #6364, which holds meetings once a month. In addition to meetings and getting a chance to serve the community, the VFW hosts Sunday Breakfasts and special Friday night dinners.
As mental health is one of the biggest issues for veterans, becoming involved with the National Alliance on Mental Illness Virginia can be extremely beneficial to men and women who have served in the military. With the Virginia chapter of NAMI located in Richmond, vets in the area can receive assistance and support when battling depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and more.
Every Veterans Day, Richmond takes the time to honor the local individuals who have dedicated their time to the military. In the past, Richmond has held events including a Veterans Day Ceremony in Byrd Park, wreath ceremonies at the Hollywood Cemetery, and guest speakers at the Virginia War Memorial.
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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