More than 41,000 U.S. military veterans live in the Rochester area of New York, based on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs population data. Senior vets that are 65 years of age or older can get help obtaining VA benefits from state government offices and local community service organizations. Other resources for Rochester vets to explore include career counseling and job training, housing assistance programs, healthcare services, and membership discounts on retail purchases.
The Rochester VA Outpatient Clinic, which is located at 465 Westfall Road, provides area vets with a wide range of healthcare services including geriatrics and extended care services, primary care, and behavioral health. Additional programs provided by the clinic include home based short-term care and pharmacy prescription services. The clinic provides full handicapped access for disabled veterans.
Extended special programs provided by the Rochester VA Outpatient Clinic include the TelCare –Medical Advice Line that responds to health concern questions and the Veterans Crisis Line that provides immediate assistance for vets to help them through difficult times. Both services are available 7 days a week around-the-clock, 24 hours a day.
The Monroe County Veterans Service Agency administers a variety of programs and services for Rochester vets. Staff members provide case management, outreach assistance, and referrals to help veterans obtain VA benefits, food, shelter, payment of heating and utility bills, clothing, transportation services, career counseling, job placement, and more.
The New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs helps Rochester vets with advocacy and assistance programs to help them file for and obtain VA benefits. Other services include educational programs such as scholarships and tuition assistance, vocational rehabilitation, disabled veterans’ employment program, financial support, and healthcare services.
Nationwide support services for all 50 states including New York are provided by the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans. Rochester vets who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless can get immediate assistance by contacting a call center representative. The staff at the center will connect vets with local resources, which are available 24 hours a day, around-the-clock, seven days a week.
Rochester vets can join any one of seven Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) 212` located in their area to enjoy a full range of membership benefits. A variety of activities and local events are regularly sponsored by area VFW posts that provide the opportunity to socialize with other vets that served. The rewards of joining include special discounts on travel services, insurance, medical services, financial services, and retail merchandise purchases.
The American Legion has about 40 chapter posts located within a 20-mile radius of Rochester. The benefits of joining the organization include access to programs and services such as career events and job fairs, lifelong learning, family and community support services, and special discounted rates on auto rentals, travel, lodging, and more.
Rochester area veterans are honored annually in November with a variety of local community events such as a parade, ceremonies, banquets, and more. Sponsoring organizations that plan and manage activities may vary from year to year. Past celebrations include concerts at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center to recognize veterans that served. Information about upcoming events is posted on the site of the Veterans Outreach Center, which is planning a Stars and Stripes Celebration.
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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