As a show of gratitude for their service, our country supplies veterans with a wide selection of benefits. Unfortunately, it can be tough trying to wade through the red tape to access these benefits. Thankfully, there are several local resources in Savannah to help vets find housing programs, health care benefits (such as substance abuse and mental health programs), and job-search services.
If you have served on active military duty, you may be eligible for health care benefits through Veterans Affairs (VA). You can qualify for VA health care enrollment if you were not discharged dishonorably. This includes National Guard and Reservist veterans who have completed a federally-ordered tour. Find applications separated by priority group on the VA website.
To meet the needs of Savannah’s veterans, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (VAMC) offers an array of health services, including geriatrics and extended care, hospice services for vets, inpatient palliative care, patient and family centered care, and much more. The Ralph H. Johnson VAMC also provides support services for family caregivers of veterans.
When you go to the website for the Georgia Department of Veterans Service (GDVS), you can find a wide variety of land, long-term care, and home programs for vets offered by the federal and state governments. Find information about:
Home loan and down payment assistance
Property tax exemptions for veterans with specific injuries from serving in the military
Discounted loans for home improvements for veterans
Simple to follow instructions on how to apply for federal VA home loans
Georgia War Veterans Homes – The closest one to Savannah is in Augusta
If you or a veteran loved one are at risk of becoming homeless or are homeless currently, the state can assist you with emergency services. Also, the State of Georgia also offers guidance to military spouses and widows looking to apply for benefits.
The Medical Foster Home program from the VA is an excellent housing alternative for vets with everyday care needs. The caregivers in this program are carefully vetted before they take veterans into their private homes and offer them rides, help with daily tasks, incorporate them into the family’s life, and prepare meals.
Vets and their families can get personal help pertaining to veterans benefits at any of the 50 full-time Veteran Field Service Offices run by the GDVS. Savannah’s field office is at the Savannah VA Outpatient Clinic on Shawnee Street. They are open 9 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.
The Workforce Division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development has a program called Operation: Workforce that helps vets find ways to translate their military occupational classifications into civilian jobs and connects them with employers who have pledged to hire veterans.
With the creation of the eBenefits website, service members, veterans, and their family members can research, find, access, and manage benefits and other resources in one place.
Make sure you visit VeteranAid.org to learn more about how to get financial aid for assisted living as well as the Aid & Attendance Benefit.
Find assisted living in Savannah near you.