Veterans Day is on Monday November 11, 2013. We feel it’s appropriate to share some important information related to Veterans.
These days, we are a lot more knowledgeable about issues concerning our veterans. These issues aren’t always at the forefront of our consciousness but they really ought to be. We are bombarded with images of combat, war and just general national unease that we can’t help associating veterans with tragedy. But, I think if we learn to look past all of that, perhaps what we will see instead are the faces of people who have served our country with great dedication and who have made tremendous sacrifices. In our line of work as caregivers, we consistently have opportunities to not only care for veterans and/or their spouses, but we become advocates, and nurturers in times of need.
Here are 11 Facts about Veterans: http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-veterans
- Veterans are people who served in the military (U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard) in times of war or peace.
- In the United States, Veteran’s Day is celebrated on November 11th every year.
- Veteran’s Day, which pays tribute to all veterans, living or dead, differs from Memorial Day during which we pay tribute to those who lost their lives in combat.
- There are currently 1.8 million female veterans in the United States.
- Britain, France, Australia, and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World War I and II on or near November 11th.
- 5 states are home to more than 1 million veterans: California (2.1 million), Florida (1.7 million), Texas (1.7 million), New York (1 million), and Pennsylvania (1 million).
- The unemployment rate of veterans is 3 percent higher than the rest of the population.
- In 2011 there were 43,942 veterans who served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam era.
- One third of the adult homeless population is veterans, and 70 percent of these suffer from substance abuse.
- More than 9 million veterans are over the age of 65.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the leading cause of homelessness and unemployment in veterans.
As a client advocate, my role is to help our clients access services, information, and professionals. We feel we have a responsibility to share vital information, and although there’s a lot to learn about Veterans benefits, we can certainly point them in the right direction either to a local VA office or to an attorney who can help them access benefits.
For example, NJ has several Veterans Services offices where staff can help with:
- Information and help in filing of claims for veterans and/or their wives, children and families/
- VA home loan certificate application
- Widows compensation or pension
- Appeals to the board of Veterans appeals or regional office
- Burial claims for expenses
- Transportation to the VA medical center
- Admission to the State Veterans Home
- Vocational rehabilitation programs
- VA life insurance claims
- VA headstone and markers for graves
- Flags to families for deceased veterans’ graves
- Providing information on all VA rules and regulations
One of the important benefits we talk with our clients about is the Aid and Attendance Pension(A&A). According to the VA, A&A provides benefits for veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing, and undressing. This includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home due to mental or physical incapacity. Eligibility of such benefits depends on doctor’s recommendation. Interested individuals will need to submit form 21-534 for surviving spouse , or Form 21-526 for veteran. For more information on A&A benefits, contact your local veterans office.
Burlington County’s Veterans Services is located at 795 Woodlane Road, Westampton, NJ 08060. The phone number is 609-265-5008.