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NWI Military Resource Guide

The Northwest Indiana Military Support Network Guide is designed to help those Veteran and Military Families who are in need of assistance in Northwest Indiana (Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Starke and Marshall Counties) Throughout its pages you will find both Veteran specific agencies and information along with local non-profits who help to serve those in need.

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Northwest Indiana Military Support Network Guide

A condensed sheet with military/veteran focus information can be viewed below, and also downloaded as a PDF. This information was provided by the Adam Benjamin VA Clinic.

Northwest Indiana Military "How Can I Help" One Pager


To Help a Veteran in crisis:

- Call the 24 hour Crisis Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 option 1
- 1-844-MyVA311 provides a seamless, unified experience for Veterans when they don’t know what VA number to call
- One website - Vets.gov – Lets Veterans discover, apply for, track and manage the benefits they’ve earned
- For information about benefits, call the VBA Hotline: 1-800-827-1000 Monday-Friday 8am-9pm EST
(Call back service may be available after hours)

VA Facility Locator

VA facilities including additional state and local  resources
 
Information available at: www.va.gov/landing2_locations.htm

 

Veterans Employment Services Office (VESO)

Helps Veterans and transitioning Military Service
 
Military Skills Translator, Resume Builder and Federal Job Search functions
 
Note: Visit http://explore.va.gov/ to learn about other employment resources provided by VA.
 

 

Transition Assistance Program (TAP)

TAP may include:
 
Transition from Service briefings and assistance
 
Information available at: www.benefits.va.gov/TAP/

 

Health Care Benefits or Application Questions

VHA provides:
 
Primary care
 
Mental health care (including Veteran-specific treatment for PTSD, TBI care, etc.)
 
Preventative care
 
A wide variety of specialty care
 
Inpatient and outpatient pharmacy
 
Geriatric care
 
Long term care and support
 
Note: For basic information and an easy to understand eligibility quiz with digital resource links go to: http://explore.va.gov/
 
Program Information: www.va.gov/healthbenefits/ 1-877-222-VETS (8387)
 
 
How to Apply: www.1010ex.med.va.gov
 
Application and General Information available at: http://explore.va.gov/health-care
 
Provides basic information to Veterans and their families and directs them to the latest online information and application sites.  The site’s video gallery holds Veteran Testimonial videos about health care.

 

Access to Patient Medical Information

My HealthVet is VA’s online personal health record system designed to help VA patients manage their healthcare records and notes from medical providers
Blue Button allows you to share info between VA and non VA providers.
 
Information for both resources available at: www.myhealth.va.gov/index.html 1-877-327-0022

 

Women Veteran Support

The women Veterans Health Program addresses health care needs of women Veterans to ensure that timely, equitable, high-quality, comprehensive health care services and available and provided.
 
Information available at: www.womenshealth.va.gov
 
Women Veterans Call Center: 1-855-VA-Women (829-6636)

 

Rural Veteran Support

The VA office of Rural Health helps rural Veterans access medical care through VA facilities
 
Information available at: www.ruralhealth.va.gov

 

Mental Health Support

Authoritative mental health information and resources for Veterans and their families.
 
Self-help toolbox
 
Where to get help 
 
Comprehensive guide to VA mental Health Services www.mentalhealth.va.gov
 
Veterans Crisis Line website has a live chat function https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/
 
Information available at: http://maketheconnection.net/

 

Veteran (Vet) Center Information

Vet Centers provide:
 
Individual and group counseling
 
Discharge upgrade information
 
Community, social service and
 
medical referrals
 
VA benefits assistance referrals
 
Information available at: 1-877-WAR-VETS (927-8387)
 
Locate a Vet Center near you at: www.va.gov/directory/guide/vetcenter.asp

 

Burial and Memorial Benefits Information

VA offers Veterans and their dependents:
 
Burial and honoring services, including gravesites and grave liners
 
Maintenance of national cemeteries
 
Headstones, markers, and presidential memorial certificates
 
Note: VBA manages additional memorial benefits
 
Information available at: www.cem.va.gov 1-800-827-1000
 
Application and benefit information about both BVA and NCA managed memorial benefits available at: http://explore.va.gov/

 

Benefits Information & Eligibility Questions

Basic information abut programs, eligibility, links to online application sites, testimonial videos, and an easy to understand eligibility quiz with digital resource links are available on http://explore.va.gov/
 
A hardcopy and online handbook is available for benefits and qualification information
 
Further benefits and eligibility information is available at ebenefits.va.gov
 
Information available at: www.benefits.va.gov/benefits/ and http://explore.va.gov/ (or call) 1-800-827-1000
 

 

Benefits Applications & Claim Questions

Information, forms and phone numbers are available online for Veterans and their dependents
 
Links to online application sties and other online resources where Veterans can get answers are on http://explore.va.gov/
 
All Forms and applications available at: www.ebenefits.va.gov/
 
Videos that explain how to fill out select forms: www.benefits.va.gov/Benefits/videos.asp

 

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Information

The VR&E program provides:
 
Assistance in finding employment with programs such as vocational assessments, counseling, education/stipends related to employment and employment planning.
 
Note: Links to VR&E as well as other employment resources can be found on http://explore.va.gov/
 

 

Education and Post- 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

The post-9/11 GI Bill pays higher education tuition, housing, and stipends for Veterans, service members or their dependents
 
Eligibility-served at least 90 days on active duty after 9/10/2001
 
An important starting point  -GI Bill Comparison Tool
 

 

Pension

Pension benefits descriptions, eligibility, and application forms are available online.
 
Basic info, forms and links to resources for Veterans Pensions, Survivors Pension and Special Monthly Pension for Veterans on http://explore.va.gov/
 

 

Fiduciary

Program for Veterans and other beneficiaries who, due in injury, disease, or due to age, are unable to manage their financial affairs
 
Apply for benefit or to become a fiduciary for a Veteran
 
Information available at: http://www.benefits.va.gov/fiduciary

 

Insurance and TSGLI/SGLI Questions

Veterans are eligible for:
 
Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance (S-DVI), Service members’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI), Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI), and /or Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI), SGLI Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI), Service members’ Group Life Insurance Disability Extension (SGIL-DE), Family Service members’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI).
 

 

Dependency & Indemnity Compensation for Veteran’s Dependents

Dependents may be awarded tax-free benefits for:
 
Death During military service or post-service related to a service-connected disability
 
Death after extended period of 100 percent disability Note:  Links and information to VA benefits and services available on http://explore.va.gov//
 
DIC is just one of many benefits available to this group.
 
 
 
 

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