Extending a paw or hand up

In a follow up to an earlier post, I thought it useful to post some information for veterans or family members who might not know where to turn.

Resources available to Honorably Discharged Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces

(Federal)

WORLD WAR II

  1.   http://www.benefits.va.gov/persona/veteran-world_war_ii.asp

ANY ERA

    • Basic / Housebound / Aid and Attendance
  • Homeless & Potentially Homeless Veterans benefits
    • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) This collaborative program between HUD and VA combines HUD housing vouchers with VA supportive services to help Veterans who are homeless and their families find and sustain permanent housing. 2017
  • State Veterans’ Service Office – County Office
  • Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs)
    1. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post (VFW)
    2. American Legion
    3. Disabled American Veterans
    4. Fleet Reserve Association
    5. https://veterans.house.gov/for-veterans/veterans-service-organizations

(By State)

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Most of these organizations provide representation for veterans without regard to the veteran’s membership in the organization.
American Legion   Maintains a list of American Legion  Department Service Officers who are available to assist veterans and their dependents and survivors apply for any federal or state benefit to which they may be entitled.
http://www.legion.org/departmentofficers

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Links to local web sites to findrepresentatives who can help veterans accesstheir benefits and current service memberstransition to civilian life.
http://www.dav.org/veterans/Default.aspx

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) VFW created National Veterans Service, a nation-wide network of skilled VFW Veterans Service Officers to help vets “wade through all the bureaucratic red tape.”

  • Veterans Legal Help often working pro bono.   check with local chapter of Service organizations.
  • Volunteering as a veteran for other veterans (typical)

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