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Pinal County VA Clinic

Our Pinal County VA Clinic in Casa Grande provides primary care and specialty health services, including registry exams, telehealth, care for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and more.

Location
1179 East Cottonwood Lane Casa Grande, AZ 85122-2969
Hours
DayHours
Monday8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

Care Funding Solution

Arizona Medicaid Planning Services

"Care Funding Solutions is a fee-for-service organization that offers services about Arizona Medicaid Planning by helping families shelter and protect assets, plan for, and assist in the ALTCS Medicaid Long-Term Care Program in Arizona. We also help Veterans to get qualified for Veteran Pension in Arizona. We provide Professional Value-Added Services about Long Term Care Planning, Income Only Trust, Legal Documents and Medicaid Plans."

What is ALTCS?

"Is your elderly or disabled family member in need of additional care, but worried about the expenses that come with long-term care? Arizona’s Long Term Care System (ALTCS) provides monetary assistance for continuing care to disabled and senior citizens. Our services about Arizona Medicaid Planning assist families in planning, qualifying for, and applying for ALTCS benefits due to long and complicated qualification process. We will walk you through ALTCS Qualification, ALTCS Homecare Benefits, Legal Documents, Veterans Benefits, and Long-Term Care Assurance Planning."

For more information check the website.

Care Funding Solutions is one of several firms in Arizona that help individuals/couples qualify for ALTCS. These firms have the knowledge required to help qualify for ALTCS AND often preserve individual/family assets in doing so. This is considered a controversial topic in Arizona. You should plan on doing your research about ALTCS and the qualifying process in advance.

Vet Resources

Resources for Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors
Subscribe to #VetResources to receive their weekly newsletter for Veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors.
Get your free Veteran ID Card - Your service can get you free event tickets and entry to national parks, discounts from retailer, restaurants, hotels, recreational activities and many other perks.

Also learn about upcoming events, free lifetime passes to national parks, how service dogs can help Veterans with PTSD, jobs, discounts and VA news.

Additional Information Available on: Health Care, Disability, Education and Training, Careers and Employment, Pension, Housing Assistance, Life Insurance, Burials and Memorials and Records.

Location
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 810 Vermont Ave., NW Washington, DC 20420
Notes

VETERANS CRISIS LINE: 988 and press 1, Chat, or text 838255

Vet Centers: 1-877-927-8387

Homeless Veteran Resources: 1-877-424-3838 or Chat

Casa Grande VA Clinic

The Casa Grande outpatient clinic provides primary care and specialty health services, including mental health care, optometry, physical and occupational therapy, social work, women’s health services, and more.

Location
1876 East Sabin Drive, Suite 15, Building A Casa Grande, AZ 85122-6198
Hours
DayHours
Monday8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

VA Expanding Health Care Access to Millions of Veterans

"All veterans who have served in combat zones since the Vietnam War, along with veterans who were exposed to hazardous materials while training or on active duty, will become eligible March 5 to enroll directly in health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the agency announced Feb. 26.

The move speeds up the expanded benefits, which were mandated by the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act that President Joe Biden signed into law in August 2022. Instead of the phased-in approach called for in the act — a process expected to take years — millions of veterans will become eligible for health care without having first to apply for VA benefits.

Check this AARP site for more information on the accelerated implementation of the PACT Act:

VA Health Care Expands for Millions of Veterans (aarp.org)

How women Veterans can learn about VA health care services

Health care is an inevitable need for all. Women Veterans have unique physical, mental and spiritual needs that can be met through VA health care. Yet only 44% of women Veterans are currently enrolled in VA health care.

Health care decisions can be overwhelming, and women Veterans might ask themselves “Where do I start?” The following guide gives useful tips on how to be informed about VA health care as a woman Veteran.

VA Nursing Homes, Assisted Living and Home Health Care

As a Veteran, you may be able to get assisted living, residential (live-in), or home health care through VA. Find out how to access these long-term care services.

What kinds of long-term care services does VA offer for sick or disabled Veterans?


Our long-term care services include:

. 24/7 nursing and medical care
. Physical therapy
. Help with daily tasks of living (like bathing, dressing, making meals, and taking medicine)

. Comfort care and help with managing pain

. Support for caregivers who may need skilled help or a break so they can work, travel, or run errands.


You can get this care in many different settings—some run by VA and others run by state or community organizations that we inspect and approve.

Care settings may include:

. Nursing homes
. Assisted-living centers
. Private homes where a caregiver supports a small group of individuals
. Adult day health centers
. Veterans’ own homes

You can learn more about the different types of care on this page or review our guide to long-term services and supports.

Audience/Eligibility

How do I access these services?

You may be able to use one or more of these services if you meet all of these requirements:

All of these must be true:

. You’re signed up for VA health care, and

. We conclude that you need a specific service to help with your ongoing treatment and personal care, and

. The service (or space in the care setting) is available near you.

We may also consider other factors, like your service-connected disability status or insurance coverage.

AARP Veteran Report Newsletter

Sign up for AARP Veteran Report, a free twice-monthly newsletter that salutes military service and celebrates the contributions of military families to our country and our communities.

AARP Veteran Report provides practical help and news you can use, as well as inspring stories twice per month. We’ll also share other occasional emails, including giveaways and special offers.

Arizona Department of Veterans' Services

Serving Arizona's Veterans as They Have Served Us

The Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services (ADVS) provides direct services to Veterans through the administration of 50+ professional benefit counselors located throughout the state - helping Veterans connect with their VA benefits, two skilled-nursing Veterans' Home facilities in Phoenix and Tucson provide short and long-term care (with new homes under construction in Flagstaff and Yuma), and three Arizona Veterans' Memorial Cemeteries: in Sierra Vista, Camp Navajo near Flagstaff, and in Marana north of Tucson.

Is ADVS the same as the VA?

No. We are not the VA (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs). Rather, we work with the VA and other entities, both public and private, to assist Arizona's veterans and families in gaining access to benefits to which they are entitled. As an Arizona state agency, we assist our veterans in numerous ways, many of which are outlined within the pages of this website.


In addition, the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services provides critical, state-wide coordination and technical assistance to services and organizations serving Veterans. This includes activities such as coordinating services across private and public sectors in serving targeted populations such as Veterans experiencing homelessness, and special needs for the growing population of Women Veterans - many of whom are at-risk, as well as building community capacity to address Veteran employment and higher education.

Services provided by the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services were instrumental in connecting Arizona’s over 500,000 Veterans with over $399 million in Compensation, Pension, Educational and Medical benefits, and grants from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs in FY 2017. With each passing year, we strive to Serve More Veterans Better.

Location
3839 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85012

Mesothelioma & Veterans

"About 30% of annual mesothelioma claims come from veterans. You might have a high risk of asbestos exposure if you served in military occupations from 1930 to 1980. Every branch of the military relied on asbestos. VA benefits are available to veterans with mesothelioma."

"Since 2006, The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com has been helping connect people impacted by mesothelioma and asbestos exposure with reliable information, world-class treatment, legal services, and so much more."

This website should be a useful tool if you are a veteran or searching for information for a veteran suffering from an asbestos related disease. It appears to be well vetted but take the time to review and understand the material being made available to you.

Please note: "The information on this website is proprietary and protected. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Any unauthorized or illegal use, copying or dissemination will be prosecuted. Please read our privacy policy and disclaimer for more information about our website.

Asbestos.com is sponsored by law firms. This website and its content may be deemed attorney advertising. Prior results do not predict a similar outcome. For more information, visit our sponsors page."

Audience/Eligibility

Why Veterans Get Mesothelioma

"Veterans are at a higher risk for mesothelioma. The military employed the widespread use of asbestos between the 1930s and 1980s. Many valued the material for its heat-resistant properties. Asbestos was present in everything from insulation to shipbuilding. Each branch of the military used asbestos in different ways:

  • Army: Asbestos was used in barracks, vehicles and planes.
  • Navy: Boilers, steam pipes and turbines used in shipbuilding contained asbestos.
  • Air Force: Asbestos was present in plane engines, brakes and insulation.
  • Marines: Barracks, ships and vehicles all contained asbestos.

Those in the Navy were particularly at risk. Shipbuilding and maintenance required large quantities of asbestos. Veterans who worked in shipyards faced significant asbestos exposure."

What veterans should know about Epithelioid Mesothelioma - check this link for important information: Epithelioid Mesothelioma: Key Facts About Epithelial Cells (asbestos.com)

Notes


Key Facts About Mesothelioma & Veterans

K9s for Warriors

The Nation’s Largest Provider OF SERVICE DOGS FOR VETERANS

Determined to end veteran suicide, K9s For Warriors provides highly trained Service Dogs to military veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma.

With the majority of dogs coming from high-kill rescue shelters, this innovative program allows the K9/Warrior team to build an unwavering bond that facilitates their collective healing and recovery.

Roughly 20 veterans die by suicide every day, and K9s For Warriors is determined to change that. K9s For Warriors exists because of a fierce dedication to saving the lives of both veterans and rescue dogs. This program is backed by scientific research and empowers veterans who fought for our freedom to live a life of dignity and independence.

Graduates of the program are able to live a life that they previously did not think was possible. Many have reunited with their families, gone back to school, found renewed enjoyment in life, and significantly reduced their medications.

Location
K9s For Warriors, 114 Camp K9 Road, Pointe Vedra, Florida 32081
Notes

RETURN TO LIFE WITH DIGNITY AND INDEPENDENCE

A New Leash on Life!


Service-related trauma keeps veterans from living the life they deserve. They fought for our freedom. We fight for theirs. Our primary focus is to restore and support our veterans who have PTSD, traumatic brain injury (TBI), or military sexual trauma (MST). For veterans who are willing to take the first step to regain independence in their life, we are here to help.

Our team supports veterans by navigating our scientifically proven process, pairing them with a trained Service Dog, and supporting them during and after the program – at no cost to the veteran.

Email: info@k9sforwarriors.org

Let’s talk about suicide prevention resources for Veterans

When you’re in crisis, it can be hard to see a way forward. And when you get to that point, suicide may seem like the only option. It’s not.

Preventing Veteran suicide is VA’s top clinical priority, not only because we want to save lives, but also because we know it’s possible to prevent suicide.

The thought of getting support can be daunting if you’ve been suffering silently. But there are resources available and people who want to help you.

Where to start:


If you’re thinking about hurting yourself, having thoughts of suicide, or becoming self-destructive, the caring, qualified responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are ready to listen and help you make a plan to stay safe.

Day or night (24 x 7), you can call:

dial 988, then press 1

chat (VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat)

text (838255) to receive crisis support.

VA Benefits Office at Central Arizona College

Military & Veteran Education Services

Central Arizona College (CAC) is proud and honored to serve Military and Veterans students, along with their spouses and dependents, for their education needs.

CAC has been approved by the State Approving Agency (SAA) to administer the VA Education Benefits program and is approved for Military Tuition Assistant (TA) for all branches of the United States Armed Forces. The Military & Veteran’s Services Department at CAC is located at the main campus in Coolidge, Arizona, and is excited to help students in getting started using Military or Veterans benefits here at Central Arizona College.

Location
17945 N Regent Dr Maricopa AZ 85138-7808
Notes

Elizabeth Barrett
Military and Veteran Specialist
School Certifying Official (SCO)

elizabeth.barrett@centralaz.edu
520-494-5517

Mariela Felix
Program Assistant
Military Support Services
mariela.felix@centralaz.edu
520-494-5524

The Pact Act and Your VA Benefits

The PACT Act is a new law that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances.

This article from the US Department of Veterans Affairs addresses the provisions of the PACT Act.

The PACT Act adds to the list of health conditions that we assume (or “presume”) are caused by exposure to these substances. This law helps us provide generations of Veterans—and their survivors—with the care and benefits they’ve earned and deserve.

This article will help answer your questions about what the PACT Act means for you or your loved ones.

You can also call us at 800-698-2411 (TTY: 711). And you can file a claim for PACT Act-related disability compensation or apply for VA health care now.

Hospice of the Valley Salutes Program

SALUTING OUR VETERANS - Honoring those who served

Hospice of the Valley has specially trained volunteers who have not only served our country in uniform but are committed to saluting our veterans from every generation, who are facing end of life.

OUR SALUTING OUR VETERANS PROGRAM INCLUDES:


. A visit from a volunteer who also is a veteran.
. A special lapel pin honoring the patient’s military service.
. A gift of a flag to the patient’s family.
. Participation in community events recognizing veterans.
. Support from staff trained in issues that could emerge at end of life,
such as post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Volunteers meet with patients, listen and share stories about military service, and confer the special lapel pin and flag gift. Salutes volunteers say family members often say they hear stories about their loved one’s wartime experiences for the first time during a Salutes visit. The trust and camaraderie between fellow military veterans brings comfort to both.

Notes

Hospice of the Valley is committed to honoring our veteran patients whose service and sacrifice preserve the freedom we all cherish.

We strive to meet their unique needs and support their families with our Saluting Our Veterans tribute program. We are so proud to partner with the national We Honor Veterans Program to help ensure excellent care at end of life.

Accessing Veterans’ records from the National Archives or National Personnel Records Center

Are you looking for your service records, or those of a family member?

The National Archives in St. Louis, MO, is the official repository of millions of records for all military personnel—from all service branches—who served during the late 19th and 20th century.

Notes

A request for a military personnel record, archival or non-archival, should include:

The Veteran’s complete name used in service
Service number
Branch of service
Date and place of birth
Dates of service

Vet-IT

"Vet-IT is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and resources for veterans. Our mission is to connect veterans with the many resources they are entitled to, such as healthcare, education, employment, and housing assistance. We understand that transitioning from military to civilian life can be challenging, and that's why we're committed to ensuring that veterans have access to the help they need."

Veterans or individuals wishing to donate to veteran needs should check their website.

Arizona Veterans' Benefits Guide and Newsletter Signup


A new Veterans' Benefits Guide was published in October 2021. This new comprehensive Arizona Veterans' Benefits Guide was released as a downloadable PDF file for our Veterans and constituents.

Use this website to access the Guide.

While there, sign up for the Newsletter:

Veterans' Burial Benefits: A Comprehensive Guide

This guide is a very comprehensive compendium of burial resources and benefits for veterans prepared by AFTERALL.

AFTERALL™ is the trade name of a network of licensed funeral, cremation, and cemetery providers associated with the Foundation Partners Group, LLC. - copyright 2024, all rights reserved.

A great resource for questions and explanations of burial rights and support for veterans.

Veterans Crisis Hotline

Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one?

You're not alone—the Veterans Crisis Line is here for you. You don't have to be enrolled in VA benefits or health care to call.

Care doesn’t end when the conversation is over. Our responders can connect you with the resources you need. You don’t have to be enrolled in VA benefits or health care to use the Veterans Crisis Line.

Launched in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line started with 14 trained responders working out of a call center in Canandaigua, N.Y. It’s grown to include an online chat and text service with 500 responders in three call center locations. Because many responders are Veterans, they’re familiar with the challenges Veterans face.

Continuing care after the call, chat, or text, Veterans Crisis Line responders can refer Veterans to a local suicide prevention coordinator (SPC). Available in each VA medical center across the country, SPCs can connect Veterans to the counseling and services they need.

Responders are also available 24/7 to help active-duty service members and their families and friends through a crisis through the Military Crisis Line. Service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserves, along with their loved ones, can Dial 988 and Press 1, chat online at MilitaryCrisisLine.net, or send a text to 838255 to receive free, confidential support.

Notes

How It Works

The Veterans Crisis Line is free and confidential. When you call, chat, or text, a qualified responder will listen and help. You decide how much information to share. Support doesn't end with your conversation. Our responders can connect you with the resources you need.

When to Call

Veterans and service members in crisis aren’t alone. If you’re thinking about hurting yourself, having thoughts of suicide, or becoming self-destructive, we're ready to help.

Contact us immediately if you or the Veteran or service member in your life is showing signs of crisis, such as:

Talking about feeling hopeless
Experiencing anxiety or agitation
Increasing risky behaviors or substance use

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