SUPPORT/COMMUNITY RESOURCES

WellLife Network provides the following resources for Veterans living in New York and on Long Island.

Aging

Chase Bank Military Banking Privileges

Chase Bank offers all current military service and veterans free checking privileges, NO monthly service fee and other banking benefits for veterans.

Free Checking at Chase Bank

Disabilities

Health

The VA provides a standard enhanced health benefits plan to all enrolled veterans and maintains an annual enrollment system to manage quality hospital and outpatient medical care and treatment.

The VA provides every active-duty service member, Reservist or National Guard member who serves in a theater of combat operations five (5) years of free health care, beginning on the date of discharge or release from service, for all illnesses and injuries, unless clearly unrelated to military service. At the end of the five-year period, these veterans have the same eligibility for VA medical care as veterans of earlier conflicts. Co-payment status will depend on whether illness or injury is found to be service-connected. 

HIV/AIDS

Medicaid

Medicaid is a program for New Yorkers who cannot afford medical care. Public health insurance programs are administered nationwide by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, through its Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). 

Medicare

Medicare is a health insurance program for people age 65 or older; people under age 65 with certain disabilities

Mental Health

School Tuition for CUNY or SUNY

Veterans who are residents of New York State may apply for The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid programs, to attend a SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free.

Social Security Disability Benefits for Wounded Warriors

Military service members can receive expedited processing of disability claims from Social Security who became disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001. Benefits available through Social Security are different than those from the Department of Veterans Affairs and require a separate application.

Substance Abuse

Women Veterans

Each VA Medical Center has a Women Veterans Program Manager who helps women understand their benefits, and coordinates their care. The Women Veterans Program Manager can assist women veterans in establishing their eligibility, understanding their benefits, and obtaining their health care in VA system. 

The Women Veterans Health Program provides a full range of medical and mental health services, including: Primary care, reproductive health, gynecology services, patient education, preventive health screening for breast cancer, cervical cancer and osteoporosis, screening, counseling, and treatment for sexual trauma, substance abuse, PTSD and domestic violence, vocational rehabilitation, homeless programs, transition assistance separating from military duty.

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