Scottsdale is home to almost twice as many people as the City of Tempe. The population of Scottsdale is 236,839 residents with as many as 17,372 veterans, according to the United States Census Bureau. The State of Arizona, as well as local and national agencies, offers veterans services to promote better health, jobs, and counseling. You can find a list of a few of these agencies below.
The Phoenix VA Health Care System with its Northeast Veterans Affairs Health Care Clinic is located at 11390 E. Via Linda Road in Suite 105 in Scottsdale. The clinic is open Monday through Friday by appointment only and you must be eligible to receive services. You can call the eligibility office at (602)222-6508 to see if you qualify.
The Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce (SWVCC) is a non-profit that assists veterans with business opportunities as well as supports veteran-owned businesses in Scottsdale and throughout Arizona. You can join the chamber of Commerce by completing an application. Members support and attend networking events and work on Veterans Legislation that promotes veterans and veteran-owned businesses. The Scottsdale SWVCC Chapter meets at Cantino Laredo at 7361 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard in Scottsdale on the third Tuesday of each month at 11:30 AM.
The Mesa Vet Center is located less than 20 minutes from Scottsdale. You can find it at 1303 South Longmore in Suite 5 in Mesa. The center is open Monday through Friday and the second Saturday of each month. The staff at the center can help you file claims, explain benefits information and pensions such as the VA Aid and Attendance, assist you in making long-term care plans like nursing home care, and complete necessary paperwork for burial, cemetery, and memorial services.
If you are looking for assistance with housing and employment opportunities in Scottsdale, the Arizona Department of Veterans Services can help. The agency offers a free booklet to veterans explaining the benefits and they can assist you in filing claims.
The Veterans Benefits Administration’s Phoenix Regional Benefit Office is located at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at 3333 North Central Avenue in Phoenix. You can check your disability and survivor claims status, apply for a home loan, update your military identification card, and learn about more benefits.
The Maricopa Coalition for Military Families (ACMF) provides a 24-hour Veterans Crisis Line in the event of an emergency at 1-800-273-8255, option 1. The organization works with veterans and their families to help them adjust to civilian life and living in Scottsdale. You can join the coalition’s military and veteran resource network or check out their employment resources. The ACMF also holds events throughout the year, such as the 2016 Arizona Summit on Volunteerism and Civic Engagement.
AMVETS is a large national organization that raises awareness about veteran suicide, depression, and PTSD. They also host events and provide veteran services. You can find several AMVETS posts in Phoenix.
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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