For almost 2 million veterans, the state of California is where they call home. As they grow older, their state and their city helps them and their families through the struggles of growing older by providing health care, counseling, transportation services, housing, and more. For veterans residing in Sacramento, the resources available to them are plenty and incredibly diverse.
Here are just some of the organizations, communities, and resources that are available to Sacramento veterans.
For Sacramento-specific organizations and resources, the following are great sources of assistance and information for veterans:
The Sacramento Chapter of the Veterans Resource Centers of America: The Veterans Resource Center of America is an organization found throughout California, Nevada, and Arizona that focuses on helping veterans stay on their feet. At the Sacramento, California branch, veterans can find many benefits including housing programs that help prevent homelessness as well as job counseling and training.
The Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance: The Veterans’ Services offered by the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance reach into all aspects of the senior’s life. The DHA can help veterans with disability pension benefits, determine eligibility and gain access to VA medical care, and help veterans secure life insurance through the VA.
Sacramento VA Medical Center – Valley Division: As a part of the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs’ Northern California Health Care System, the Sacramento VA Medical Center is located in Mather, California. The Sacramento VA Medical Center can provide health and wellness options for the veteran, including PTSD treatment, health care services for women veterans, and even provide a number of resources for caregivers of veterans.
In the state of California, veterans are not restricted just to the resources found in their own communities. There are also state-level programs and resources that can be provided to veterans.
The California Department of Veterans Affairs offers benefits to veterans in education, employment, healthcare, housing, advocacy and assistance, and with dealing with VA claims. While they provide assistance to veterans at all stages of life, they pay special care to aging veterans who may need long-term assistance and care.
For veterans looking for additional support and sense of community, Sacramento has a few chapters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, including VFW Post 67 and VFW Post 8762. For veterans looking for a place to connect with others who have been through similar experiences, a VFW post can be just the place to find that community. VFW Post 67 hosts Friday night socials a few times a month and breakfasts every Sunday.
Sacramento’s chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is another extremely important part of the veteran community. Because Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression is frequently found in veterans, getting support from the NAMI community can help veterans find they support groups or even medication that they need.
The Sacramento, California community takes the time to recognize the service of their local veterans with a Veterans Recognition Luncheon. The city also plans parades and fairs throughout Sacramento to honor Veteran’s Day.
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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