Military veterans are eligible to receive benefits through the VA and other participating organizations in recognition for their service, but the process of obtaining those benefits isn’t always simple. San Diego vets can contact several local resources who provide assistance navigating eligibility and requirements for benefits that support veteran healthcare, employment, and housing opportunities.
Whether you realize it or not, if you’re a veteran who received a discharge that wasn’t dishonorable after serving active duty, or a Reservist or National Guard participant that completed your service period, you may qualify to participate in the VA healthcare program. An application is required, and eligibility is determined by the highest level priority group you fall into at the time of your application.
The VA San Diego Healthcare System provides a wide spectrum of health care services to veterans at their hospital campus, including primary care, geriatric care, programs that support women’s health, in-home care, hospice care, as well as a variety of specialized care services. The hospital includes a robust social work and mental health department that provides treatments and resources for vets suffering from PTSD, addiction, or substance abuse problems. Also part of the system is the 40-bed Aspire Center. Designed as a treatment facility and temporary housing option for veterans who need rehabilitation services in the area. If you’re searching for housing options
The Housing and Community Development Services of San Diego County provides a helpful directory of veteran housing resources in the area. It links you to information on programs like:
Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing- rental assistance for homeless veterans
Homebuyer programs for home loans
Homeowner programs for home repairs
Links to forms and a housing directory for the county.
The VA of San Diego also offers numerous resources to homeless veterans and their families with a goal of ending homelessness in the city. They can provide outreach, social work services, and can assist with finding temporary and permanent housing for qualified vets.
Veterans who need a housing solution and also require a little more assistance with the day to day can apply to be a part of the Medical Foster Home program. The VA-administered program approves caregivers in private home-based residences who provide living space to a veteran and assist with daily tasks like personal care, providing meals, and transportation. In many cases, the veteran becomes part of the family.
The Village Veterans of San Diego is a community not for profit who has been providing assistance to San Diego veterans since 1981. The organization supports vets who have mental health or substance abuse issues through their five-prong approach that includes prevention, intervention, rehabilitation, aftercare and employment services.
The City of San Diego also has a robust listing of veterans resources in the area, including links to the Veterans Resource Center and the California Department of Veteran’s Affairs. These organizations can help you process claims, apply for benefits, and understand your eligibility for programs available to vets.
Veterans searching for employment can reach out to one of the many California agencies that specialize in connecting your skills with job opportunities. You can search this site for matches near your location.
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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