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Beacon of HOPE can help veterans with health benefits

Pine Island facility now making appointments for Jan. 10

December 29, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Beacon of HOPE on Pine Island is now an outreach program offering assistance with understanding of benefits for veterans. The Beacon can help you, as an honorably discharged service man or woman, learn the details of which you would never ask or ever think of.

You can meet with a Veterans Service Officer and a Pine island veteran to help you through the sometimes difficult enrollment processes in order to obtain your benefits.

Some of the most common requests for medical help are regarding eligibility for and enrollment in VA healthcare.

If eligible for VA healthcare, veterans can benefit in several ways. Benefits include direct mental health care or access to VA resources and services that can support the care that veterans need in the community. The first step is finding out if you are eligible. From there you can find additional resources that can support the care that is provided (for example, group treatments, specialty care, housing resources).

Generally, if someone has served 24 consecutive months of active duty service in the military and separated under conditions other than dishonorable, they may be eligible. In some cases eligibility may be based on income.

There are some special conditions, such as veterans who experienced MST (military sexual trauma), reservists who serve on active duty, National Guard members and military veterans who served in combat, such as those who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn, which may have unique benefits.

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Determining the eligibility status and possible co-payment information for a veteran can be complicated. Because of this, the Beacon strongly encourages you to apply for enrollment even if you feel you may not be eligible.

The next date for one-on-one appointments is Jan.10, between 9 a.m. and noon. Please call The Beacon of HOPE at 283-5123 to schedule an appointment.

The Beacon of HOPE?is at 5090 Doug Taylor Circle in St James City.



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