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Veterans Needs Do Not End With Memorial Day
Attention to veterans should not end with Memorial Day. The public in general and aging professionals who can help older vets – have to be vigilant, all year long.
It is portrayed by some politicians as a a collapsing, rigged system. But for older vets, it is a single payer dream health care system, if you can only access the care.
8.8 million veterans are enrolled for benefits from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and more and 47% of those are over age 65. Six million of these annually seek care from VA’s healthcare arm, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
The American taxpayer picked the up tab of $58 billion in 2014. But what these elderly vets have suffered is owed to them. The VA’s Janus face is the WWII VA superlative system of care, compared to the despicable care for the “War On Terror “Iraq Afghanistan “vets.
The VA is administered or provided through 150 medical centers, nearly 900 community-based outpatient clinics, 133 nursing homes, 46 Residential Rehabilitation Treatment centers and 232 Veteran’s Readjustment Centers. Fifty-three percent of the six million veterans who received VHA services in 2014 were age 65 or older, making VHA the largest US provider of health care services for the elderly.
Find out how you any aging professional, GCM aging life care manager or family can navigate to this great GRECC system, which treated my father with WWII PTSD so expertly, yet can often elude vets families, older vets, and aging professionals.