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U.S. Veteran Benefits

Around 13% of the homeless population in the U.S. are veterans. Many veterans in the United States are eligible for a wide range of benefits designed to support their health, education, housing, and overall well-being, yet many don't know or don't claim these benefits. Apart from the normal benefits a veteran has, the government can help additionally with health care, housing assistance, and employment assistance.

Medical Care

Veterans across the country can receive care at Vet Centers, Community-Based Outpatient Clinics, and VA Medical Centers thanks to the VA Health Care Network. For homeless veterans, several of these shelters provide medical treatments, including mental health assistance.

Assistance with Housing

Veterans who are homeless and their families can receive assistance from a number of federal housing programs. For homeless veterans, the VA Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development work together to offer treatment services and permanent, supportive housing.

Assistance with Employment

VA has many employment and training programs that provide homeless veterans and veterans at-risk of homelessness the opportunity to return to healthy, productive lifestyles within their communities

How to Utilize

There is a Homeless Veterans Outreach Coordinator at each VA Regional Office who is a direct point of contact for you to learn more about what benefits you qualify for, assist you with applying for those benefits, and refer you to other organizations and resources that will help you get back on your feet. To find your local Homeless Veterans Outreach Coordinator, please visit the nearest VA Regional Office or call VA's National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838).

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