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A Special Salute to Our Veterans

Veterans Day is coming up Nov. 11, so everyone at Bethesda Senior Living Communities wanted to offer a special thank you to those who have served in the armed forces. As an organization for seniors, we’re particularly proud that many of our residents are veterans. We appreciate your service to our great country.

As some of our residents may remember, Veterans Day originally was called Armistice Day, and was a national holiday commemorating the end of the “war to end all wars.” Although World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in June 1919, fighting ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Hence, Americans began celebrating Armistice Day on Nov. 11. After World War II and the Korean War, veterans’ organizations urged Congress to broaden the honor to American veterans of all wars. In 1954, Nov. 11 officially became Veterans Day and has been recognized ever since.

Veterans Benefits for Seniors

In honor of the holiday, we want to remind seniors and their families that veterans are entitled to a number of benefits to help pay for their care and well-being through the Veterans Aid & Attendance program.

This powerful program—often overlooked by military retirees—is part of the “improved pension’ for wartime veterans (with 90 days of active service) and their surviving spouses, and it may be applied toward residency in an assisted living community.

To receive this benefit, eligible veterans must qualify both medically and financially. Medical qualifications include the need for help with daily tasks such as bathing, feeding and dressing—services Bethesda offers in all of our communities.

As of 2017, eligible veterans may receive up to $1,788 per month. Surviving spouses may receive up to $1,149 per month. And a veteran with a spouse may receive up to $2,120 per month. Check with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for complete information.

Learn More about Veterans Aid

If you or a loved one may be eligible for this assistance, there are a number of avenues you can turn to for help. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is the authoritative resource for Veteran Aid & Attendance. VeteranAid.org also offers comprehensive information as well as necessary application forms and instructions.

Finally, if you are a surviving wartime veteran (or surviving spouse), and you would like more information about this benefit for assisted living, find your local Bethesda Senior Living Community and give us a call. We love veterans, and look forward to offering further guidance.