My grandfather and his three brothers all served in World War II. My other grandfather served in World War II and Korea. My uncle served in Viet Nam. All of them saw active, combat duty and all returned safely except my uncle who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country.
On today’s Veteran’s Day it is important to take a moment and honor the sacrifices that so many have made, and continue to make today, for this country. Many of those who have served as young men and women are now seniors. They gave much to this country and in comparison asked for little in return. Today, they again are facing great challenges in the form of an unstable economy and a long term healthcare system that can be too expensive for some to access.
Fortunately for our veterans, there is a financial program offered by the Veteran’s Administration that will help pay for the costs of long term healthcare. The Veteran’s Aide and Attendance Benefit provides financial support for veterans who served in active combat duty on foreign soil.
The program work like this:
VA Aid & Attendance Criteria
· Veteran would have had to serve at least 90 days of active duty with at least one day served during an active time of war.
· Veteran or a surviving spouse (or married couple) would have to have less than $80,000 in assets (excluding a primary residence and a vehicle).
· Veteran or a surviving spouse must spend the financial assistance on out-of-pocket medical expenses.
· Veteran or surviving spouse would need assistance with their activities of daily living.
2009 monthly Aid & Attendance rates
• Surviving Spouse $1,056
• Healthy Veteran with Sick Spouse $1,291
• Single Veteran $1,644
• Sick Veteran with Spouse $1,949
If the family of a veteran is struggling today with the costs of senior housing and long term care, then accessing this benefit should be considered. To learn more about how to apply click here Veterans Financial Assistance Flyer or please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888-670-7773 x 1.
This was sent to us by a friend of Life Care Funding Group:
“Let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Facts About Our Veterans
On June 1, 1954, after the country had been through World War II and the Korean War, Congress amended the Act of 1938 (proclaiming Armistice Day) to honor all American veterans! of all wars.
There are approximately 23 million military veterans in the United States. (U.S. Veterans Administration)
There are 1.5 million female veterans in the United States. (U.S. Census Bureau 2009 American Community Survey)
There are 78,000 living veterans who served in all three of the following wars: World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. (U.S. Census Bureau)
There are approximately 2.4 million veteran-owned companies. (U.S. Census Bureau)
There are 3.3 million veterans with a service-connected disability. (U.S. Census Bureau)
9.8 million veterans between the ages of 18-64 are in the labor force. (U.S. Census Bureau)
The VFW Buddy Poppies, the little red flowers offered by VFW members soliciting donations, are actually assembled by disabled veterans. Sales of the flowers provide these veterans with additional income as well as a form of therapy.