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SENIOR VETS

Why is it good to help these dear military members and families of.

The Dept. of Defense own studies reflect that at over 20% of returning troops will suffer from P.T.S.D., Homelessness or poverty.  Your mission is to encourage and educate veterans on what their potential entitlements may be and to apply for those benefits. You wont be alone and the wilderness is vast.

SECTION SOURCES:  Rob A Johnson (USMC) Veteran Association (VA) PBS Senior Housing NEWS WiseGeek

The extensive benefit offering and the availability of services through the VA makes the veterans benefits program a good avenue for seniors and their families. Senior veterans may qualify for more than one VA benefit, expanding the assistance  received and offering further financial relief to seniors.


Veterans benefits translate to money saved, and create the opportunity for a better quality of life. Veteran care is an important, growing part of America’s aging population challenges and new statistics show the chance that senior veterans and those from the Baby Boomer generation to be homeless are significantly higher than non-veterans.


Veterans by the Numbers (not including homeless senior veterans)


Veterans by the Numbers (including homeless senior veterans)

America’s homeless veterans have served in World War II, the Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Persian Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq (OEF/OIF), and the military’s anti-drug cultivation efforts in South America. Nearly half of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam era. Two-thirds served our country for at least three years, and one-third were stationed in a war zone.



  1.  39 percent of homeless veterans are 51–61 years compared with 19 percent of homeless non-veterans
  2.  9 percent of homeless veterans are 62 years and older compared with 4 percent of homeless non-veterans
  3.  Veterans are fifty percent more likely to become homeless compared to all Americans and the risk is even greater among veterans living in poverty and poor minority veterans
  4.  Nearly half of homeless veterans were located in California, Texas, New York and Florida while only 28 percent of all veterans were located in those same four States



One example, a senior veteran who has a service-connected disability may be eligible for monthly payments if the disability is primarily due to, or aggravated by, an injury or illness incurred during military service. One requirement for receiving this benefit is that the veterans’ separation from the services must not have been under dishonorable conditions.


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The VA benefit system provides access for veterans to obtain these benefits and services:



LINKS:


National Association of Senior Veterans

http://veteransupportcenter.org/

A non-profit organization that provides direct assistance to American Senior Veterans

and their surviving spouses through a veteran’s support center that helps veterans get the benefits they deserve.


Benefits.gov

www.benefits.gov/

The official benefits website of the U.S. government that aims to provide people with online access to government benefit an

d assistance programs. Gives eligibility information for over 1,000 Federally-funded programs.