Hundreds of veterans reside in the St. Petersburg area. Those who are 65 and older may especially have had a hard time finding resources and getting the assistance they need with housing and health care. St. Petersburg has combated this problem by opening up various resource centers and veterans facilities in the city. Local, statewide, and national resources are all available to assist you with finding assistance and support for what you need most.
The St. Petersburg Regional Benefit Office sits at 9500 Bay Pines Blvd. You can contact the office anytime during the hours of 8:30 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday. A list of services offered gets detailed on their website, indicating public affairs, counseling, VA health care, benefits, outreach, and specially adapted housing grants.
The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs is the place any Florida vets should go whenever they are in need of assistance. A plethora of benefits and services get listed on their site, including healthcare, claims, education, employment, housing, and burial benefits. Take a look at any option you need to learn more about and discover the answers you have been seeking.
Visit VFW.org to see Veterans of Foreign Wars posts throughout your area. The “Find a Post” tool allows you to search by city and state, or enter your zip code and the number of miles from home you wish to incorporate. Five posts are within St. Petersburg and a nearby city. Find them at the following addresses:
12901 Gulf Blvd, Madeira Beach - Post 4256 Holiday Isles Post; Meetings held at 10 am on the second Saturday each month
5773 62nd St Nl - Post 4364 Pinellas Park Post; Meetings take place on the first Wednesday of every month at 7 pm.
1780 49th St South - Post 10174 Charlie King Tutson Post; Meet at 7:30 pm on the fourth Monday each month.
2599 Central Ave - Post 39 Lawrence Melzer Tate Post; Get support on the first Wednesday of the month at a 7 pm session.
4145 34th St N - Post 6827 Sunshine City Post; The second Monday of every month sees veterans come in at 7 pm for a meeting.
St. Petersburg and Clearwater celebrate Veteran’s Day together with numerous events. The Dali Museum hosts a celebration starting at 10 am. Rib Fest kicks off as well, with a three-day charity event that coincides veteran’s day with children’s fundraisers and barbecue ribs. East Lake High School puts on a concert for valor, celebrating veterans and giving them a salute through music. It takes place in the evening in the school’s auditorium.
Events like these are not all you have to look forward to on this day. Many restaurants and shops in town also provide discounts to veterans. Most offer a coupon for a free meal or product, while others give anywhere between 10 and 50% on average for their services.
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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