5 Ways to Serve Our Veterans and Their Caregivers
At 101 Mobility, a large percentage of our customers are served through the VA Hospitals. We felt it necessary to show our appreciation for these brave heroes by creating a collage of thank you notes and military photographs. The collage was donated to our local VA Outpatient Clinic where many veterans approached pointing out the photos they related to. As a result of their response, we thought it would be fitting to share veteran facts and support resources along with photos from our commemorative collage.
Fact: World War I ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year in 1918. It is for that reason, Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11th every year and observed on Monday when falling on a Sunday.
What you can do: A simple thank you is always appreciated. Comment on this Veterans Day Facebook album to show your thanks or share the album with a veteran you know.
Fact: As of 2011, there are 9.2 million veterans over the age of 65 living in the United States.
What you can do: Find your local DAV (Disabled American Veterans) chapter and volunteer transportation for veterans to and from VA Hospitals and clinics. This will be especially helpful for veterans with mobility issues if your vehicle is already equipped with an auto lift or turning seat.
Fact: Almost 5.5 million veterans are living with a disability. 810,245 of them have a disability rating of 70% or higher.
What you can do: Cheer them on! Although adjusting to life with a disability may take some time for both the disabled and caregiver, it can still be just as full of vigor! Learn about wheelchair-bound activities in your area. The VA even offers a National Program.
Fact: Caregivers of veterans face a longer care duration period and suffer burdens more than double that of the national average.
If you are responsible for the care of a veteran, here are a few resources to keep your head above water. There are also grants and other financial assistance programs that may be available for veteran primary care providers, click HERE for additional information.
Fact: The National Caregiving Alliance surveyed caregivers of veterans in 2010, results revealed that not knowing how to pay for or how to arrange home modifications being top 10 concern.
HISA grants are funds awarded to veterans that can be used for any home improvement necessary for the continuation of treatment or for disability access to the home and essential lavatory and sanitary facilities. HISA grants combined with medical insurance may cover home modification costs. If arranging the modifications sounds daunting, caregivers should ask their doctors about companies who provide value added services like custom installations, maintenance and clean-up. 101 Mobility is at the forefront of providing customer service enhanced experiences for the mobility challenged in need of accessibility increasing equipment and modifications.