This week we will celebrate and honor our Veterans. Veterans Day 2017 will be on Saturday, November 11th, 2017 and designated as a Federal Holiday on Friday, November 10th, 2017. As the daughter, granddaughter and sister of Army men, this topic is close to my heart. I was reading up on the observance and read that there is even a Veterans Day Poster contest. This year’s poster features the Abraham Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial located at the National Mall in Washington D.C. The inscribed quote on the poster is from Abraham Lincoln and is also the VA motto which reads “To care for him who shall have born the battle.” This motto made me proud of the many Veterans that we have had the opportunity to care for in our assisted living communities. In a Veterans Day Proclamation from 2001, Former President George W. Bush said, “Throughout the course of American history, courageous men and women have taken up arms to secure, defend, and maintain these core principles upon which our Nation’s freedoms depend.” It is because of this bravery that we enjoy those freedoms.
We pause and say thank you and recognize the brave and selfless men and women that have served this great nation. We also want to remind our Veterans that there is a very helpful resource available to many of them based on eligibility that can help pay for the cost of assisted living. Per veteranaid.org, hundreds of thousands are eligible for this little-known VA benefit, including spouses of veterans. These funds can be used for assisted living at many facilities. To learn more you can contact your local Veterans Affairs Office or check out www.benefits.va.gov
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Did you know that the man determined to be the “Father of Veterans Day” is from Alabama? As a tribute to our Veterans, I thought I would include a little bit of history. According to Wikipedia, in 1945, World War II Veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, AL had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led the efforts and presented them to General Dwight Eisenhower who supported the idea. The first national celebration of Veterans Day as we know call it, was in 1947.
So how will you honor this day?
I’m so excited that a group of folks from my hometown have worked extremely diligently to have a special Veterans Day parade this year. I’m thrilled that World War II Veterans and several of our other Veterans will be honored during this event. These courageous folks and so many across others across our great nation are so proud of their service to our country. They also have amazing stories to share. They are truly living national treasures.
One of the things that stands out to me the most is the pride that I hear when I have listened to residents speak of their service. I have been told of lands that I have never seen and how we in the United States of America, live in the greatest country on earth. It is so amazing to hear the first person retelling of their great stories. The stories of writing and waiting on handwritten letters seems like a lifetime ago in our broken down communication age where we text people in the same room. The stories of lifelong friendships that were born in the service of our country are remarkable. Not once have I heard of protest or disdain. The nobility of their acts are shown in their actions and love for this land in their speech as well. Even to this day.
So I invite you…take time to thank a Veteran for their service to our country. Take time to talk with them. Take time to listen. It is because of their sacrifice and that of those serving today that we are able to enjoy our freedoms. Because of the brave, we live in the land of the free.
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Our Veterans sacrificed tremendously and deserve our respect and appreciation for their contributions to our country. As our Veterans get older and consider moving into an assisted living community, it’s important to be aware of the benefits that they have earned thru their service that can help cover the cost of this care.
The Veterans Administration “Improved Pension Benefit”, commonly referred to as the Aid and Attendance benefit, is a financial benefit that is specifically designed to help Veterans cover the cost of assisted living and memory care. A Veteran is eligible for the benefit if they have 90 days active duty service, at least one day of which is during a defined war time. This benefit is also available to the spouse or widow of a Veteran.
The war time periods for eligibility are World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and Persian Gulf War. In order to apply, the Veteran’ service discharge must have been better than “dishonorable”. Veterans will also need a copy of their service discharge paperwork (form DD214), and if the application is being made by a spouse or widow of a Veteran, a copy of the marriage license must be provided. Veterans should see their local VA Representative to apply for this program.
The financial benefit for this program ranges from $2,054 monthly for a Veteran and spouse to $1,113 for the widow of an eligible Veteran. The benefit can be used to help cover the cost of assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care.
For Veteran’s considering moving into an assisted living community, this benefit may make the transition easier from a financial standpoint. More importantly, this is a benefit that the Veteran earned thru their service to our country during a time of war. Check out www.GreatOaksManagement.com for more information.