Local Resources for Veterans
If you haven’t served in the military, or don’t have a close friend or relative who has, you might not understand the struggles many United States veterans face when they return home. After all, many veterans are doing well, building careers, supporting their families, and engaged in our communities. However, from 2005–2015, more than 75,000 Americans with military backgrounds committed suicide, according to a June 2018 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) report. Additionally, veterans suffer post-traumatic stress at twice the rate of non-veterans.
But, there is help. United Way fights for the health, financial stability, and education of every person in every community. Across the U.S., United Way and its partners help military veterans and their families acclimate back to civilian life by affording them the services and support they need. United Way’s 2-1-1 service is the entry point to help for veterans in many communities. In 2017, 2-1-1 received close to 300,000 calls from veterans or their family members. Most were requests for transportation to and from VA medical center appointments, or requests for housing or food assistance.
There are approximately 471,819 veterans in Tennessee. Local veterans and their families can turn to 2-1-1 Tennessee for community resources and services. 2-1-1 can be accessed online, or by simply dialing 2-1-1 to speak with a trained specialist. Veterans and their families can also contact the following organizations and agencies for a range of support services.
Veterans Services Office
The Williamson County Veterans Services Office focuses on all veteran-related needs and provides information to county veterans and their family members on all federal and state benefits. The Veterans Services Officer provides accredited representation to help veterans and families with filing applications with the Veterans Administration. There is no charge to the veteran or their family member for this service.
Phone number: 615-790-5623
American Red Cross, a United Way of Williamson County partner
The American Red Cross of Nashville Area serves Williamson County, along with seven regional counties.
The Service to the Armed Forces program dates back to the establishment of the American Red Cross by Clara Barton in May 1881. Not only did the “Angel of the Battlefield” risk her life tending to wounded soldiers, she also bolstered their morale by writing letters for them to send to their families. Today’s American Red Cross workers proudly carry on this tradition through the SAF program, which offers various services to military and veteran families. In our region, Katie Schafer is the SAF Lead.
Contact Katie at:
Phone number: 615-250-4289
Disabled American Veterans
The TN Chapter of Disabled American Veterans provides information, counseling, and representation to help veterans file claims for VA benefits.
Phone number: 615-695-6384.
Operation Stand Down
Operation Stand Down TN provides case management for transitional and permanent housing needs, including rent and utility assistance, job search and placement services, and VA Benefits assistance/counseling.
Phone number: 615-248-1981
Paralyzed Veterans of America
In Middle TN, Paralyzed Veterans of America assists veterans with disabilities with filing claims for equipment including wheelchair, adaptive equipment, prosthetics, and disability income and pensions.
Phone number: 615-259-4284
Article adapted from United Way Worldwide.