Veteran-Directed Care is for Veterans who need assistance with activities of daily living (e.g., bathing and getting dressed) or instrumental activities of daily living (e.g., fixing meals); are isolated, or their caregiver is experiencing burden.
Veterans in this program are given a flexible budget for services that can be managed by the Veteran or the family caregiver. Veteran-Directed Care can be used to help Veterans continue to live at home or in their community.
Eligibility: VDC is part of the Veterans Health Administration Standard Medical Benefits Package. The program is available to Veterans who are in need of nursing home level of care, regardless of service connection or wartime era.
Go to the Aging Resources website (agingresources.org) for complete details regarding this VA Health Administration program for all veterans, service-connected or otherwise.
In keeping with what the above is all about, please look at another resource that is useful on aging known as "Elder Affairs" (official State of Florida organization). They have a quarterly newsletter called "Aging Outlook" and is distributed electronically, directly to subscribers’ emails. The next issue is expected in late Spring 2023. For now, click on the button below to review the Winter 2022 issue. It's very enlightening and useful, even if you are not concerned about aging at the moment, eventually, all of our members will face this issue if not already.
Do you have questions about the new PACT Act health care or compensation benefits eligibility?
The PACT Act was perhaps the largest expansion of Veteran eligibility in VA’s history.
Have you or your favorite veteran been naughty or nice this year?
While there are many military-oriented websites online with thousands of potential gifts to buy, there is a website that categorizes many unique military items that you might want to consider as a gift (to yourself or your veteran). While GLVFA does not specifically advocate one commercial website over any other, the very unique items available at this particular website might be worth a look. In this section, "Veteran News", passing along this "news" based on the uniqueness of the military items offered. Many of these items would make great gifts for the holiday season.
GLVFA tech guy Mike went to a car show over the weekend and came across a very patriotic motorcycle owned by a Navy vet who went over the top with his patriotic decor on the bike. I thought I would share some pictures with our members here,
Annual Emmy-winning program shares the stories of America’s greatest heroes from World War II to the present day. Narrated by celebrities and noted Americans, these are the stories that inspire and unite us, reminding us of who we are at our very best. The 2021 program is being streamed on You Tube and is over 2 hours long. The many stories of valor are worth your taking time to watch and will well up emotion inside your heart. When the 2022 program is available (filmed a few weeks ago in Washington DC), it will be made available here. In honor of Dec 7th, this program will renew your pride in being an American.