In Surprise, Arizona, the veteran population numbers over 13,000 and veteran-owned businesses account for 935 of the 7,048 firms in the city. Veterans have made Surprise their home and now these former (and active duty) service members have access to local, state, and national agencies, support groups, and organizations. The following is a list of agencies that provide services like health care, long-term care, housing, and more.
The Phoenix VA Health Care System serves veterans in the Surprise area with the Northwest Veterans Affairs Health Care Clinic. The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 4 PM and is located at 13985 W. Grand Avenue in Suite 101 in Surprise. Just like any other health care clinic, the center is run by physicians and nurse practitioners, however, the staff focuses its specific care on veterans. The clinic also employs a dietician, social worker, psychologist, cardiologist, gastroenterologist, psychiatrist, dermatologist, and geriatrician.
The Surprise Resource Center is available to residents and veterans in the city for social services. If you need rent or utility assistance, employment help, or nutrition assistance, then contact the Resource Center at 12425 W. Bell Road in Suite 124 in Surprise. The center offers many programs for the community including Veteran Employment Assistance and Job Club for Veterans.
The Mesa Vet Center is about 36 miles from Surprise but provides veterans with a knowledgeable staff that can help with filing claims and navigate eligibility for certain benefits like home loans and the VA Aid and Attendance pension. The center is located at 1303 South Longmore in Suite 5 in Mesa and is open Monday through Friday and the second Saturday of each month.
The Arizona Department of Veterans Services (ADVS) provides information to veterans about benefits and claims, raises awareness about serious issues affecting vets, and honors veterans throughout the year. ADVS offers information and resources on its website including a free benefit booklet, employment assistance, women veteran services, and suicide prevention.
The Phoenix Regional Benefit Office helps veterans manage their VA and DoD benefits and check the status of their disability or survivor claims. The office is located at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at 3333 North Central Avenue in Phoenix. You can also check out eligibility for home loans or sign up for auto pay through the office’s website.
Another supportive resource in Surprise is the Maricopa County Arizona Coalition for Military Families. This organization connects veterans with employers and educational opportunities through the Military and Veteran Resource Network and the Employment Roadmap. Veterans can turn to the coalition for help with issues in housing, homelessness, legal, finances, mental health, physical health, and spirituality.
AMVETS is a nationally-recognized organization that provides support and raises awareness of veterans’ issues such as veteran suicide, depression, and PTSD. There are several AMVETS posts in the Phoenix area. You can use the website to locate contact information to the post closest to you and call the representative for meeting times and locations.
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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