John served during the tail end of the Vietnam War. When his service was ending, he felt the impact that negativity had on him and his friends in service when they returned to the country. It took some time to readjust to civilian life, but he eventually got married, had children, and settled down. He had a good life.
In his late 60s and early 70s, John was doing pretty well. He and his wife were enjoying retirement, traveling, and had no sign of slowing down. He had heard about the Aid and Attendance Benefit and that it could provide financial assistance for those who were on limited incomes and needed home care support, but since he didn’t need any type of care like that, he didn’t consider it beyond what he heard about it.
But John had a friend who needed help.
A friend from his time in service was widowed and seemed to be struggling. John would stop by and do whatever he could to help out, but he and his wife were traveling a lot and weren’t around enough to be the kind of support his friend needed.
One afternoon he was talking to his friend and realized he could benefit from a home care aide.
He talked to his friend about this, but he discounted the idea because he couldn’t afford it. “John,” his friend said, “I barely make enough to pay my rent. I couldn’t imagine paying for a home care aide.”
John began looking into the Aid and Attendance Benefit and realized because of his friend’s time in service, financial situation, and other factors, he might just qualify for this pension. In fact, John was convinced his friend would qualify, so he helped him learn more about it.
While not all veterans who hear about various pensions and other beneficial programs need that type of support directly, they may know somebody who could put it to good use. When John learned about this pension, it was a major boost for his friend who felt hopeless and was leaning on the last few friends he had in the area.
The Aid and Attendance Benefit can provide financial assistance for qualifying veterans to pay for home care, for themselves, their dependents, or, in the event of their death, their widows.
If you or a loved one are considering hiring home care for veterans, please contact the friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination™. Call today: 1-855-380-4400
Under Kyle's leadership, Veterans Care Coordination has become one of the fastest growing senior service companies in the United States. Partnering with health care providers throughout the U.S., VCC serves more than 1000 clients in 45 states. The company currently employs more than 65 professionals.
In January 2014, Kyle was named to the St. Louis Business Journal's prestigious "40 Under 40" list. The St. Louis Small Business Monthly also named him as one of the "100 St. Louisans to Know" in 2014. In 2015, Kyle was selected as one of ten national finalists for the 2015 Glenn Shepard Leadership Award. In addition, in September 2013 Veterans Care Coordination was honored by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly as one of the "Top 20" small businesses in the St. Louis area, in 2014 the company was honored as a finalist for Arcus Awards and by the St. Louis Post Dispatch for being a Top Workplace.
Kyle is an accredited claims agent by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of veterans' benefits, addressing conferences such as the Home Care Association of America and the Northeast Home Care Conference. Kyle currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging and has been previously involved with the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. He resides in Lake St. Louis, MO with his wife and twin boys. In his spare time, Kyle is an avid tennis player.
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