Throughout the 20th century, tens of thousands of men and women served the United States of America during various wars and military conflicts. Many of these individuals, including those who served in Korea, Vietnam, even Desert Storm, are getting older. If you are close to a veteran who is now a senior citizen (or if you fall into this category yourself!), the information in this guide is sure to be useful to you.
As you continue reading, you’ll learn about a number of at-home services that can help senior veterans lead their best possible lives. Not all of these services will be applicable to all situations, but it is still smart to be aware of all of the options that are available to you should the need ever arise.
Physical and psychological care
As people age, they often begin to develop physical problems they didn’t previously have. This is especially true for veterans who may have sustained combat injuries earlier in life. Furthermore, veterans sometimes struggle with mental health issues, such as PTSD. Fortunately, there are a number of physical and psychological care options for senior veterans who wish to receive assistance at home.
American Red Cross – The American Red Cross has access to a network of affordable, or even free, caregivers who provide reputable services in most regions of the United States, including North Carolina and South Carolina.
Give An Hour – Give An Hour is an organization that allows licensed caregivers who volunteer their time to provide mental health therapy. Give An Hour’s website can help you find a professional in your area who specializes in situations like yours.
Veteran’s Assistance (VA) – Most senior veterans are already aware of the VA and its services, but this government program has a variety of aid options for former soldiers. VA hospitals and clinics, for example, are available at no charge.
Help around the house
Sometimes, veterans require assistance around the house. Or, in some cases, are facing homelessness due to a culmination of unfortunate circumstances. These organizations can provide assistance.
Habitat For Humanity – In certain situations, Habitat For Humanity is able to provide housing for veterans. It is important to understand that there are a range of requirements that must be met, so you will need to reach out to your local Habitat For Humanity chapter to learn more about the services that are available.
Feed Our Vets – If you or a senior veteran you know is struggling to afford groceries, contact Feed Our Vets. This organization offers 100% free food pantries for veterans and their immediate households. If there is no Feed Our Vets location in your region of the Carolinas, get in touch with them about financial assistance in the forms of food delivery or gift cards.
No matter what kind of assistance the veteran in your life needs, there is sure to be help out there. The internet is a great place to begin searching for details about organizations that provide veteran aid. You may also want to talk to community organizations that provide help to those in need. There are numerous programs that believe our veterans deserve the best.