As the capital of our nation, Washington, D.C. is proud to honor those who have served to protect us and keep us safe. For veterans in the area, they are entitled to special benefits, services, and care because of the time they have dedicated to our country. Those unique aids come in the form of housing assistance, tax breaks, unique counseling and emotional support, health care, and more.
Here are just some of the organizations in Washington, D.C. dedicated to filling the needs of local veterans.
For health care support, vets in D.C. have the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center. The VA Medical Center is an extension of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and is located at 50 Irving St. NW. Veterans can receive care from the VA Medical Center in a number of areas, including geriatrics and extended care, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and primary care. Senior veterans in the area can also receive caregiver support.
The American Veterans Support Foundation is also located in Washington, D.C. In partnership with the National Vietnam Veterans Foundation, the American Veterans Support Foundation helps local veterans by sending care packages to veterans in the hospitals, delivering guide books for veterans to better understand the services and benefits available to them, and organizing and servicing food pantry programs for homeless vets or the families of vets struggling financially.
Veterans in DC can also contact the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs to find additional support and services. Through the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs, DC vets can receive assistance filing claims, get a better understanding of the benefits available to them, and gain access to the Network of Care. The Office of Veterans Affairs is located at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW and can be reached at 202-442-8150.
In addition to the local organizations available to vets in Washington, D.C., there are also DC chapters of national centers that vets can gain access to.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars is one of the best national organizations for DC veterans. While there are posts all over the country, the VFW has a stronger presence in our nation’s capital. Within DC., the VFW has the National Legislative Service, the VFW National Veterans Service, VFW’s National Security and Foreign Affairs, and Action Corps.
There are 16 VFW posts in the D.C. area. At any of these posts, veterans can find guidance through benefits and services as well as a community of local veterans for social activities and involvement.
The DC chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is another strong national organization in the DC area. For vets suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, or anxiety, a connection with NAMI can help them find healing and community.
Veterans Day in Washington, D.C. is an event unlike any other. To recognize their local veterans and veterans all over the country, Washington, D.C. holds a number of observances, parades, and museum exhibits.
Memorials include the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery Memorial, Women’s Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, The United States Navy Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the World War II Memorial.
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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