You can find plenty of support groups in Tempe and throughout Arizona for veterans of all ages. Tempe is home to 8,681 veterans as reported by the 2010 to 2014 figures with the United States Census Bureau. If you are looking for support groups or organizations in the city, consider contacting one of the following:
The City of Tempe hosts a website of veteran and military resources. You can use the site to find events in the area, including Memory Café meetings and the Holiday Beauty Bash for Women Veterans. The website also features additional resources such as the East Valley Veterans Education Center, Veterans Commission, Tempe Veterans Court, and the CARE 7 Program.
The CARE 7 Program exists to help veterans and other residents during a crisis in their lives. The program is dispatched by law enforcement or fire authority and provides on-scene assistance. Through the CARE 7 Program, you can receive victim assistance, counseling services, and a 24-hour crisis response team when you need it most. There are also plenty of volunteer and intern opportunities within the organization.
The Mesa Vet Center is located at 1303 South Longmore in Suite 5 in Mesa and is less than 15 minutes away from Tempe. The center is open Monday through Friday and the second Saturday of each month. Representatives are on hand to assist you with benefits and claim information and filing, life insurance, burial plans, nursing home care, long-term care through the VA Aid and Attendance pension, home loans, and more.
The Arizona Department of Veterans Services provides resources and services for veterans of all ages. You can find assistance with housing, employment, benefits counseling, burial, and memorial plans, and veteran driver licensing. The agency also provides a benefits booklet to explain your entitlements as a veteran as well as offering special services for women veterans, education opportunities, and suicide prevention among vets.
The Veterans Commission represents the needs of veterans within the state and in the city of Tempe. Members come before the Mayor and City Council with ideas for veterans programs and policies that will enrich the lives of the city’s vets and the community. The commission consists of a Commission Chair and other members with the majority being veterans or active military.
AMVETS is a nationally-recognized organization that provides services for veterans and raises awareness of issues that affect veterans such as depression, PTSD, and suicide. They host events in cities throughout the country and recognize veterans during the year. Using the AMVETS website, you can locate posts near Mesa, Phoenix, and Fountain Hills.
The Arizona Coalition for Military Families (ACMF) provides a military and veteran resource network and employment roadmap to help you in your move to Tempe. You can attend events held by the coalition such as the Southern Arizona Community Summit at the University of Arizona’s Student Union Memorial Center. You can contact the ACMF at (602)753-8802. If you are experiencing a crisis, call the 24 hour Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and press option 1.
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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