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World War II, Vietnam and Korean era veterans honored

It has been said that there is no love greater than that of someone willing to lay down his life for a friend, or indeed, his country. A luncheon held recently honored Putnam County veterans who took that patriotic step.

“You were willing to lay down your life for total strangers — people who you didn’t know, people who you’d never meet, and people who weren’t even born yet,” Randy Porter, county executive, said. Read more

ADLs – Activities of Daily Living Explained

Understanding the purpose and role of Activities of Daily Living in regards to long-term care will make it easier to get the help you or a loved-one needs. This includes benefits that can pay for care, like Aid & Attendance.

Activities of daily living (ADLs) refers to daily tasks that a person normally executes without assistance. The term originated during the 1950s as a way of evaluating an individual’s ability to function in life.  When someone cannot perform these activities, they are no longer able to care for themselves. Read more

Honoring Forgotten Vietnam War Era Veterans

Many Vietnam War era veterans have waited decades for recognition. Hundreds of them were honored during several ceremonies held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

These ceremonies are part of an ongoing national effort to commemorate the Vietnam War and recognize veterans who served during that time. The commemoration events began in 2012. Read more

Aid & Attendance – Reducing the Financial Burden of Long-term Care

Aid & Attendance is a lifetime, tax-free VA pension for senior veterans and surviving spouses who need the help of another individual to perform daily living activities. It is a reimbursement for care, including home care, board and care, adult day care, assisted living, skilled nursing and, under certain circumstances, independent living.

Even though the VA Aid & Attendance benefit has been available for many years, most veterans and surviving spouses have either never heard of it or know very little about it. Read more

National Vietnam Veterans Day

March 29 commemorates the sacrifices of Vietnam Veterans and their families. It is a day set aside to recognize the men and women who were denied a proper welcome upon returning home and is designated as National Vietnam Veterans Day.

On January 12, 1962, United States Army pilots lifted more than 1,000 South Vietnamese service members over jungle and underbrush to capture a National Liberation Front stronghold near Saigon. Operation Chopper marked America’s first combat mission against the Viet Cong, and the beginning of a long and challenging war. Through more than a decade of conflict that tested the fabric of our Nation, the service of our men and women in uniform stood true. Read more