Veterans Assistance Programs

Veterans returning to the community from service in the U.S. Armed Forces may face serious challenges as they adjust to civilian life.  Whether repatriating from the era of the Vietnam War, Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF or OIF), reintegration into the community can be more difficult when the individual experiences:

  • Feelings of isolation, loneliness, grief and loss,
  • Nightmares or difficulty sleeping,
  • Extreme anxiety, and/or
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

To compound these challenges, for the first time in U.S. history, Veterans are returning from Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) faced with high unemployment rates and homelessness.  These overwhelming challenges often result in excessive alcohol and drug use or addiction.  

Old Pueblo Veterans Assistance Programs provide a number of housing options, clinical, and supportive services for Veterans in need.  We welcome Veterans with criminal justice history and those returning to the community after hospitalization, treatment, or homelessness.  The Veterans Assistance Programs at Old Pueblo Community Services (OPCS) are operated in partnership with the Veterans Administration and the City of Tucson and other community partners in an effort to end chronic homelessness for our veterans.

In 2013, the City of Tucson expanded the existing Tucson Veterans Court to a Regional Municipalities Veterans Treatment Court (RMVTC)  The expanded Treatment Court is a collaboration of the courts of the City of Tucson, Town of Marana, Town of Oro Valley, Town of Sahuarita, and City of South Tucson. The goal of the RMVTC is to help more southern Arizona Veterans navigate through the municipal court system.  

In most cases, eligibility and referral for OPCS Veteran Assistance programs is determined by the Tucson VA Homeless Clinic, located at SAVAHCS, 3601 S 6th Ave., Building 90, Tucson, AZ 85723.  

In June 2015, OPCS opened its Veterans Bridge Housing program. This bridge housing program offers immediate, low-demand, compassionate shelter for veterans who are currently homeless. Once sheltered, the veteran works with an OPCS navigator to enroll him/her in mainstream benefits and find placement in available permanent supportive housing in the Tucson area. Eligibility for VA benefits is not a requirement for placement in this program.