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Veterans and service members have played a big role in our country for many decades, defending our freedom and helping others as a way of life. Many individuals in the military don’t get what they need, however, when it comes to healthcare or financial planning. There are lots of resources out there for senior veterans and those who have served in various branches of the military, but it’s not always easy for them to find what they require. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help your loved one get what they need to stay comfortable and healthy.
Figuring out healthcare can be complicated for senior vets, so that’s one area where you can help out. Look online to find out more about Medicare or senior benefits provided by the government, and look for the nearest veterans hospital so your loved one will know where to go when they need care.
Here are a few things to consider when you want to help someone who has served in the military.
Help them figure out healthcare
Healthcare can be extremely complicated for veterans to figure out, especially for seniors. Government benefits through the military require care via a veterans hospital, while Medicare requires care through a civilian healthcare provider. Help your loved one do a little research online to find the right doctor and to compare the pros and cons of each service.
According to MedicareAdvantage.com:
- Having both types of coverage can give you more health care options. If you only have VA insurance, you are limited to receiving covered care only at VA facilities, but adding Medicare coverage can open up the range of hospitals, doctor’s offices, pharmacies and other types of healthcare locations in which you may receive covered care.
- Having both types of coverage can benefit you in the event that an emergency occurs when you are not in close proximity to a VA hospital.
- Most people do not have to pay a premium for Part A of Medicare.
Veterans are often at risk for mental health disorders such as PTSD, depression, or symptoms associated with grief, so it’s imperative to make sure they are getting the right kind of care. Whether that means therapy or counseling, medication, or alternative treatments such as art therapy, helping your loved one find the relief they need for their mental health will allow them to feel better no matter what is going on in their life.
Assist with everyday tasks
Many older veterans have trouble completing daily tasks, such as grocery shopping or cleaning their homes. If your loved one has mobility issues or a health problem that makes performing these activities difficult, think about how you can help. Offer to stop by and clean up the kitchen, or bring over some groceries. You can also help them set up a delivery service for receiving all the ingredients and ready-made meals they need, which allows them to remain independent by enabling them to choose what they want.
In many cases, veterans aren’t looking for gratitude for their service, but it always feels good to hear “thank you” after you have served your country. There are many little things you can do to thank a vet and honor them, from picking up their check at a restaurant to buying them a cup of coffee. You can also make a donation in their name to an organization that helps Veterans and their families.
Helping a veteran comes in many forms, and it’s a personal choice. Think of the best ways you can help the service members in your life when it comes to things both big and small, and keep them in your thoughts as you go about your own day. Remember that a little love and kindness can go a long way.