The Veterans Administration offers services to veterans who end up with a service connected rating. Social workers offer veterans support trained to handle crisis at the VA.
What does a social worker do? Social workers come equipped with information to assist veterans at-risk of homelessness. Social workers know the ins-and-outs of VA programs offering information ranging from dental options to explaining individual unemployability.
In order to access help from a social worker, you must be eligible for VA benefits first. Free information regarding filing claims starts by buddy checking in with a County Service Officer. If you are in the Madison, Wisconsin area and need help, please contact the William S. Middleton VA Hospital. The first step to obtaining access to VA services requires the veteran to apply for benefits. Once the individual becomes eligible, the next step requires accessing information by registering at VA.gov. The VFW and DAV offer extensive information and individualized assistance outside of the VA.
The Madison VA Hospital Patient Advocate helps in times of trouble. Please continue to check in with your primary care provider during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please feel free to leave a message in the comments if you would like Outpost 422 to investigate VA services for future blogs. Stay safe and check in anytime. We are your crisis over watch.