Given the number of men and women who have served in our Armed Forces, it is not a surprise that nearly all of us either have family or friends who have been touched, in some way, by the heroic and selfless service of our amazing veterans.
I remember, as a young boy, my first real experience on a military base with my grandfather. We were driving through the base when we heard the bugle play to signal the retiring of the colors. We stopped the car and got out, faced the flagpole across the way, and put our hands on our hearts as they retired the colors. My grandfather’s commitment, not only to the flag and the freedoms it represents but also to his children and grandchildren to ensure they understood the patriotic reverence that he held towards that flag, forever locked into my life the importance of patriotism and respect for our country, its flag, and the men and women who serve.
I hope you will join me in reverently thanking those who proudly stood to defend our country and freedoms. Take time this month, National Veterans and Military Families Month, to reach out to a veteran that you know and thank them personally – let them know that they are still loved and appreciated.
Thankfully, there are ways our country gives back to veterans. Unfortunately, many of our veterans don’t understand or know all the benefits they are eligible for because of their service. As the owner of A Better Solution in Home Care, where we provide professional caregiving services to individuals and families, I see many veterans in this situation. With that in mind, I would like to share some of the benefits that are available:
1. Aide and Assistance: This is probably the most well-known program. To qualify, you must have served in the military during a time of war. The program pays a monthly stipend that will cover a variety of needs, such as caregiving, transportation, and additional support that is not covered by insurance. The qualifications for this program can be difficult to reach as it is income-based, has a low threshold that must be met, and requires a certain level of disability.
2. Respite Care: The VA provides respite care services to caregivers, allowing them to take a break from their caregiving responsibilities. This temporary relief can be critical for maintaining the health and well-being of caregivers.
3. Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS): Veterans may be eligible for various home and community-based services through the VA, depending on their needs. These services can include home health care, home-based primary care, homemaker and home health aide services, and adult day health care. These services are typically ordered by your VA primary care physician.
4. Transportation Assistance: Veterans who require assistance with transportation to medical appointments or other essential services may be eligible for transportation benefits through the VA.
5. Mental Health Support: Veterans struggling with mental health issues may receive counseling and support through VA mental health services. Caregivers can also access resources to help them support veterans dealing with mental health challenges.
If you have questions or would just like to talk about what options you or your loved one may qualify for, reach out to the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs — VA Caregiver Support Line 855-260-3274 — or feel free to reach out to our office. A Better Solution in Home Care is a member of the VA CCN (Community Care Network), and our staff would be happy to provide additional information and assistance regarding these benefits. We would be honored to help you.
Take time this month, National Veterans and Military Families Month, to reach out to a veteran and thank them personally.