A New Year’s Resolution for Veterans Who Care in Grand Rapids, MI
There are over 23 million veterans living in the United States. They are a unique fraternity of brothers and sisters who defend this country. While more and more veterans have some level of direct combat experience, there are far more who provide supportive services and don’t have to endure the battle scars in the form of injuries, disabilities, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Among all of those veterans who leave their service healthy, there are a growing number of provide assistance to their brethren, whether they served in a different branch of the military or not.
Many veterans honestly do care about those around them, those they served with, and even men and women whom they never met. Of the hundreds of thousands of veterans who require some type of home care, not all get the assistance they need. One of the common reasons why not is because they don’t feel that they can afford it.
There are numerous pension programs available for veterans that can help pay for home care. One of those programs is called the Aid and Attendance Benefit. It’s not available for every single veteran, though. It’s available for those veterans who served at least 90 days of active duty service in one of the major branches of the U.S. military with at least one of those days served during a time of combat, as defined by Congress. That would include World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, and the Gulf War.
Far too many veterans who may actually qualify for it never apply for the Aid and Attendance pension because they might have been turned down for other assistance programs in the past. The Aid and Attendance pension may actually be able to provide some assistance to veterans who are turned down for other programs.
How could veterans help others with this information?
By sharing it. There are an estimated 5 million veterans, elderly and otherwise, who may actually qualify for this pension, but fewer than 900,000 who actually apply for it. Getting the word out is one of the most important things to do that can help aging veterans.
This could be a great New Year’s resolution that some veterans can make for 2015. Helping to spread the word, encouraging family members and even friends let the veterans in their life (especially the elderly who may require home care) know about this pension program. If someone doesn’t know about it, they’ll never apply for it.
If you or someone you know needs help with veterans home care in Grand Rapids, MI, contact the caregivers at Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (616) 258-2300 for more information.
When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.
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