Military veterans who are currently living in Arizona are offered various programs and services. The Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services (ADVS) help veterans get their benefits, get short-term or long-term care at Veterans’ Home facilities, or get other services. The ADVS also creates activities that may serve for the special needs of veterans who are women or who are homeless. The military veterans in Arizona can get a variety of benefits such as: compensation, pension, educational and medical benefits, as well as grants offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The state offers the following services to veterans in Arizona:
The Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services (ADVS) offers various benefits for veterans, such as: housing benefits, financial assistance benefits, employment benefits, education benefits and other state veteran benefits. Military veterans in Arizona have the opportunity to get housing benefits which will provide veterans with the needed care and will satisfy their demands for rehabilitative daily therapy. Next, veterans can also get financial assistance benefits, which will help them become exempt from paying income taxes, property taxes, or vehicle license taxes and registration fees. The Fiduciary Division of the ADVS provides fiduciary services to veterans and their spouses and minor children, charging minimum fees for the service provided. Honorably discharged veterans who have served more than six months in the military can also get employment benefits in Arizona. Military members can apply for education benefits, giving them the opportunity to attend college without having to pay tuition, fees and required books for a period of 120 days. The ADVS benefits counselors may help veterans in processing their compensation and pension applications, in applying for special veteran license plates, in upgrading their military discharge documents, in appealing VA decisions and in providing more information about other veteran benefits.
Veterans in Arizona are also eligible to apply for healthcare and medical treatment at any VA Medical Center, as long as they satisfy the eligibility criteria. In order to determine whether veterans are eligible for healthcare, the Medical Center requires them to go through a ‘Means Test’ which will determine the group of priority where the examined veteran belongs. Arizona military veterans are eligible for completely free healthcare for conditions related to their active service in a Post 911 combat zone. They can get free medical care for a period of five years after discharge from active duty.
Military veterans in Arizona may also get various benefits in terms of burials and memorials. If military veterans or their surviving spouses pass away without means for covering the funeral costs, the Board of Supervisors will make sure to provide them a decent burial. There are suitable plots for veterans and their spouses which are separate from the plots for other underprivileged people. The county where the burial will take place may contact the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and ask them to cover the expenses for the burial as long as they do not exceed $150. The county may also ask the DVA for special burial arrangements suitable for military veterans, such as applying for a suitable headstone placed at the head of the grave. There are several burial sites in Arizona for military veterans, such as the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Cemetery, the National Memorial Cemetery of AZ, the Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery at Camp Navajo, and the Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery at Marana.
Women Veterans enjoy more and more benefits and services like those of the male veterans who served on active duty both in and out of the state. VA programs for women were created to be more gender-specific, allowing women veterans to be treated with more dignity and respect. The Women Marines Association was created for women who were or who still are in the U.S. Marine Corps. The Women’s Army Corps Veterans Association is a place where retired, former and current women army members gather. The WAVES National is an organization that assembles all women from the sea services. And last but not least, the Army Nurse Corps Association is a voluntary organization whose members are officers from the U.S. Army Nurse Corps.