Georgia Military and Veterans Help Guide
Authored By: State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Resource Center
The following content is from the brochure, "Georgia Military and Veterans Help Guide," prepared by the State Bar of Georgia and the State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Resource Center, 2016.
Do you and all the members of your family have adequate health insurance?
Health care coverage options for military veterans: Tricare, ACA, Medicaid
If you're enrolled in TRICARE or the Veterans health care program, you're considered covered under the health care law. You don't have to make any changes.
If you don’t have veterans or other health coverage, you can use the Marketplace to enroll in a plan.
Why aren’t you enrolled in VA Health? You can apply anytime.
How do I enroll for VA health care coverage for me and my family?
You may apply in one of three convenient ways: visit www.va.gov/healthbenefits/enroll, call 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visit your local VA health care facility.
If I and my family do not qualify for VA health care, Can I still enroll through the Health Insurance Marketplace (the Affordable Care Act, commonly called “ObamaCare”) even when we’re not in an open enrollment period?
Individuals with a qualifying life event can enroll in health coverage or change their coverage outside of the open enrollment period and have it be effective for that coverage year. Qualifying life events include having a baby or getting married. Visit www.healthcare.gov/coverage-outside-open-enrollment to learn more about these qualifying life events and other circumstances for special enrollment.
The state of Georgia has not expanded its Medicaid program under ACA, excluding many lower and middle-income Georgians from accessing ACA marketplace health care insurance. But remember, even if you and your partner are not eligible for health insurance under ACA, your children may be eligible for Medicaid insurance.
Women Veterans and Health Care Access
The VA has an Office of Women’s Health. Woman Veterans who are interested in receiving care at VA should contact the nearest VA Medical Center and ask for the Women Veterans Program Manager.
Can you afford premiums and co-pays for medical treatment?
Special Medicaid programs can help pay Medicare costs. You may qualify if your income (before the Part B premium is taken out of your check) is within certain limits. There are also limits on countable assets. These special Medicaid programs will cut down Medicare costs and also allow you to keep more of your Social Security check!
Find programs near me that can help pay for prescriptions
Do you need help finding mental health resources?
Suicide and Depression
Warning signs that requires immediate attention
Thinking about hurting or killing one's self
Looking for ways to kill yourself
Talking about death, dying or suicide
Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, and so on
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline and online chat.
Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or chat online to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You do NOT need to have VA health insurance to get help!
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide and those impacted by suicide.
Survivors of Suicide Fact Sheet (PDF) the loss of a loved one by suicide is often shocking, painful and unexpected. The grief that ensues can be intense, complex, and long term.
Survivors of Suicide provides helpful tips for dealing with the loss of a loved one
Grief and Loss?
Vet Centers: help and support people with emotional and psychological stress incurred after the death of a loved one. The counseling includes a broad range of transition services, like outreach, counseling and referral services to family members. Visit www.vetcenter.va.gov.
The Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) offers free and confidential crisis intervention 24/7. If you are in need of immediate assistance please contact the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) 1-800-715-4225.
PTSD and Substance Abuse Help
Vet Centers offer readjustment counseling for returning Veterans, individual and group counseling for Veterans and families, family counseling and more. Visit www.vetcenter.va.gov/ for more information and to find a community-based Vet Center. All services are free.
The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities offers access mental health, substance abuse and crisis and emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call 1-800-715-4225.
To locate a provider, visit ReferralConnect.
To locate treatment or support services for individuals with mental illness, substance abuse disorders or developmental disabilities, visit www.mygcal.com.
Do you need assistance in locating resources to care for your elderly family members?
Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities
To request assistance, call 1-866-552-4464. Learn more at www.aging.ga.gov. Trained information specialists from the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services can help older adults and people with disabilities identify community resources and apply for services, including Community Care Services Program (CCSP), which helps Medicaid-eligible individuals who cannot perform activities of daily living, to continue living in their homes and communities and avoid placement in a nursing home.
Adult day health services: This includes nursing care, personal care, occupational, speech and physical therapy, dietary services, and assistance from a social worker.
Alternative living services: These services are provided in state-licensed residences with 24-hour supervision and support services for people who cannot remain in their homes.
Emergency response services (ERS): ERS provides provide two-way electronic communication between a monitoring service and an isolated individual.
Home health services and social services provided by a home health agency
Personal support services such as light housekeeping, basic personal care, and caregiver respite.
Education and Help on Medicare Issues in Georgia
GeorgiaCares is a private-public partnership that consists of Georgia's State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and which provides individuals with Medicare information and counseling. Call 1-866-552-4464, Option 4. Services include help with Mediare Part D Prescription Drug plans and services.
Do you have questions about income support in general?
Adult SSI and SSI
Veterans Cash Benefits
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) in Georgia
Unemployment Insurance in Georgia
Help with Disabilities
VA Benefits for Dependents and Survivors
Social Security Dependent Benefits
If you are disabled and receiving Social Security benefits, your dependents may also be eligible for help. https://www.ssa.gov/planners/disability/dfamily.html
If you are disabled and have a child or legal dependent https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10085.pdf
Do you have a disabled child?
Do you have problems affording food, housing costs, utilities and child care?
SNAP (“Food Stamps”) https://www.benefitscheckup.org/cf/snap_state.cfm?&partner_id=0&sc_partner_id=0
Food Pantries/ Food banks
The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/hcv/vash
Resources for Homeless Veterans or for Preventing Homelessness
Visit www.va.gov/HOMELESS/NationalCallCenter.asp or call (877) 4AIDVET / (877) 424-3838.
Homeless Prevention Resources in Georgia
VA Home Loans
Apply for a home loan guaranty certificate to be used at a lending institution when securing financing. Visit www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans or call (888) 768-2132
Georgia Disabled Veteran Homestead Tax Exemption https://veterans.georgia.gov/book-page/disabled-veteran-homestead-tax-exemption
Need Help Find Resources in your area? Visit United Way 211 or call 211
Special Georgia Tax Exemptions for Veterans or Disabled Veterans
Utility Assistance in Georgia
If you have a problem with heating and cooling your house, you may qualify for free help weatherizing your home. http://gefa.georgia.gov/how-do-i-apply-weatherization
Do you need help paying your utility bills?
Do you need help with education, employment or child care?
GI Bill Education Benefits
Education for Surviving Dependents
Yellow Ribbon Program – Help with Tuition for Non-residents
National Guard Grant Education Assistance
Georgia Department of Labor Special Services for Veterans
Connectvets.org provides assistance in transitioning from service to private sector employment
VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Education
Child Care Help
Do you or your child experience verbal or physical abuse in your home?
Call the Family Violence Hotline at 1.800.33.HAVEN (1.800.334.2836) or visit http://gcadv.org/get-help/ to get help.
Do you need legal advice or assistance?
Free legal information and self-help materials and directory of legal aid and pro bono programs in Georgia
Georgia Military Legal Assistance Program
Veterans Pro Bono Consortium
Law School Clinics
Emory Law School Veterans Clinic
Georgia State University Law School Veterans Clinic
ABA Military Legal Assistance Program
Perks for Veterans in Georgia
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