Veterans are in need of support now more than ever. Men and women retiring from the military after years of service are now needing to find employment, home loans, benefits, and more. Virginia Beach offers all of this and more to veterans to ensure they can make the most out of their civilian lives. Check into all available resources in the area and gain some insight into what you need to do to make things work for you in the city.
The Virginia Beach Benefits Office provides services to all veterans within Virginia Beach. It also collaborates with those at the Naval Special Warfare Development Group and the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. You can get in to be seen anytime between 8am and 4pm, Monday through Friday. Representatives visit the NSWDG on the first and third Thursday of the month and head to Fort Story on the second Thursday.
Psychology Today focuses on support groups in any given area. You can use their website to look up support groups in Virginia Beach related to common veteran needs. The groups you might want to check into could include trauma and PTSD, women’s issues, stress, substance abuse, men’s issues, life transitions, grief, emotional disturbances, chronic pain, and divorce. These are just a few among a list of many to consider. Not only do these groups help you cope with whatever issue you may be facing, but they also help you meet others dealing with a similar situation.
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services helps connect veterans and their families to valuable resources. You can use their online search tool to find a location near you or utilize the online resources available. Links to the VA Homeless Veterans Services, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and a full resource guidebook fill the website with the details you need.
Find a post with the help of the VFW website. The Veterans of Foreign Wars organization has ties to the Virginia Beach area thanks to the two VFW posts set up there for veterans to utilize. The two posts include:
Post 1211 Back Bay Post - 1771 Princess Anne Road; Meets at 1900 on the first Thursday each month. (Which equates to 7 pm)
Post 392 General Mac Arthur Memorial Post - 2408 Bowland Pkwy; Visit on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 pm.
Both posts are available to residents in the area so they may talk with other veterans, find out about local resources, and get help applying for benefits.
The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce co-sponsors the Veterans Day celebration held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The event starts at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront and ends at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial where a small ceremony takes place. Once the service ends, veterans are encouraged to head to the Convention Center to participate in a luncheon. The celebration begins at 9 am and ends after the 12 o’clock luncheon.
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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