Veterans are eligible to apply for several different benefits programs at the conclusion of their military service. Programs are plentiful, including health care options, housing,] and home loan programs, employment and career counseling services, and even mental healthcare services to help cope with PTSD or addictions. However, sometimes the processes can have several steps and be complicated. These Tucson agencies and resources are able to help vets navigate their benefits to make the most of what’s available to them.
VA healthcare benefits are some of the most well-known benefit options, though not all veterans realize when they qualify. Any vet who has served active duty and received a discharge other than a dishonorable one is eligible as are Reservists and National Guard soldiers who completed their federal service periods. Eligibility is determined based on the priority group vets qualify for at their time of application.
The Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System has its home base in Tucson, and through the services provided through their main location as well as at local community clinics in the region, they offer a wide spectrum of healthcare services to veterans in the community. Women, seniors, transgendered individuals and those with mental health issues can access their specialty programs, and primary and specialized medical care services are also available. Caregivers who look after a vet can also contact the VA for support services including in-home primary care, hospice, and social worker services.
The City of Tucson in combination with the VA’s federally supported programs offer veterans several options to help to secure affordable housing in the area. Programs offer options for everyone from first-time homebuyers to veterans who are homeless and looking for help. Some examples are:
Affordable home loan and home improvement loans for homeowners or vets looking to buy a home
Programs like the VASH program that offers a housing subsidy to vets to secure safe and secure housing in the city
Tax programs that offer adjustments and tax breaks for veteran soldiers who were injured on duty
The Medicare-Certified Arizona State Veterans Home located in Phoenix
Veterans who have lost their home or who fear they are at risk for becoming homeless can reach out to the local VA for help. They provide a variety of services, including things like healthcare, education, and employment resources, as well as help obtaining housing vouchers to secure temporary and permanent housing options for vets and their families.
Veterans also have the option of requesting both housing and caregiver help though the VA Medical Foster Home program. The application-based program matches veterans with private caregivers in the area who have been approved to house a veteran in a private room in their home and provide needed care services like preparing meals, offering transportation, and helping with daily needs like personal grooming.
Tucson vets can also reach out to their local Veterans Resource Center office as well as the Arizona Department of Veteran’s Services for help with their benefits. These agencies can not only assist vets with applying for and utilizing the programs, but they can assist their family and survivors as well.
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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