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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.

 

Information available at:

http://explore.va.gov/employment-services

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)

Eligibility Information:

www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apply/veterans.asp

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
  • Veterans Crisis Line website has a live chat function

Information available at:

www.mentalhealth.va.gov

http://maketheconnection.net/

https://www.veteranscrisisline.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/

1-800-827-1000

 

http://explore.va.gov/

 

Benefits Handbook:

www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book.asp

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/

Information available at:

www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab

 

http://explore.va.gov/employment-services

https://www.vets.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool

 

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

Information available at:

www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/

1-888-GIBILL-1 (442-4551)

 

http://explore.va.gov/education-training

https://www.vets.gov/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/

Information available at:

www.benefits.va.gov/pension/

 

http://explore.va.gov/pension

 

 

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).

All Forms and information available at:

www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/types-disability.asp

 

http://explore.va.gov/disability-compensation

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.

 

All forms and information available at:

http://benefits.va.gov/COMPENSATION/types-dependency_and_indemnity.asp

 

http://explore.va.gov/spouses-dependents-survivors

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