Veterans come in a variety of forms, from new military retirees to those who have been out of the service for many years. Some served for a short duration, while others made the military their careers. No matter the circumstances, each veteran deserves the proper support and guidance both during the transition back into civilization and thereafter as he or she navigates the difficulties of civilian life. Toledo offers various support groups and organizations to ensure veterans get the help they deserve.
The Toledo Vet Center provides assistance to local veterans. Go there when you want to discuss benefits, find a job, get help obtaining a loan, or otherwise need help with veteran-related affairs. The building sits at 1565 S. Byrne Road, Suite 104. You can visit Monday through Wednesday from 8 am to 8:30 pm, or Thursday and Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm.
The Toledo VA Outpatient Clinic is another option, primarily focusing on the health care aspect so many veterans need assistance finding. Find the clinic at 1200 South Detroit Avenue. You can also call to request an appointment at 419-259-2000. The building opened in 2012 and spans 66,000 square feet. With such a large building, there is room for numerous patients and services.
The Ohio Department of Veterans Services allows all veteran residents in the state to locate the information they seek regarding services, support groups, education, employment, and more. You can search the site for jobs thanks to the career information center provided on the organization’s website. You can browse through the list of job postings or enter your military skills to have them translated into a seamless resume you can use to start a new career.
The VFW is a prestigious national organization for veterans. It has ties in Toledo thanks to the several posts set up there for local veteran residents. Meetings take place throughout the week, providing opportunities for people to get together and share their stories, or simply socialize. The groups meet at:
2231 South Ave - 3:00 pm 3rd Sunday - Post 3338 Commodore Perry Post
2161 Consaul St - 7:00 pm 1st Wednesday - Post 4906 Greater Birmingham Post
415 E Central Ave - 3:00 pm 2nd Thursday - Post 5530 Roman Buddy Frankowski Post
3005 W Laskey Rd - 10:00 am 3rd Saturday - Post 606 George Rill Post
3925 W Alexis Rd - 7:00 pm 4th.Thursday - Post 2898 Lucas County Post
The Veteran’s Day Parade takes place in Lewis County. It typically gets held on the closest Saturday to the date. Both individuals and businesses can join in on the fun by entering a float or walking the parade route. It starts at noon, so you have to be ready to go in advance.
Countless other celebrations take place throughout Toledo. Each year, be sure to check in with your local news station to see what offerings are available, as some change. Many restaurants and shops offer different discounts and deals that you can take advantage of as a veteran on Veteran’s Day.
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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