Veterans Day

Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefits Can Help, But Process Difficult

Posted on 11/12/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingWhen I first started investigating the Veterans Administration’s Aid and Attendance and Housebound Benefits program for my Dad, a decorated WWII Veteran who earned the Bronze Star while serving in Italy with the 10th Mountain Division, I was excited to learn that he might qualify for some financial assistance to help with the cost of his care. Aid and Attendance is an enhanced or special monthly pension program for certain veterans who require care. Dad has developed Alzheimer’s disease and …

The Takeaway: Senate Passes Veteran’s Jobs Package; MacArthur Fellow Fights Elder Abuse

Posted on 11/11/2011 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayThough the President’s overall jobs plan has been languishing in a divided Congress, the veteran’s jobs package—including a provision to give companies tax credits for hiring unemployed military veterans and a job-training program for vets—passed the Senate yesterday 94-1.

Red, White and Blue: Honoring our Veterans

Posted on 11/11/2011 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Lee Woodruff. Woodruff is a contributing home and family editor for ABC’s Good Morning America. Her first novel will be published summer 2012. Lee and her family make their home in Westchester County, NY. “Mrs. Woodruff, what girl is ever going to go home with me from a bar?”  He looked up at me with a lopsided grin that said he was partially joking but also dead serious.  His voice was devoid of self …

The Past is Now: Preserving Memories and Honoring Veterans

Posted on 11/10/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringWhat if future history lessons included stories of everyday people? Not everyday people who became president, or painted masterpieces or dominated a sport, but regular folks who left behind stories – and memories – that fade all too soon with the passing of each successive generation. A year-old company, called 1000memories, has devised a way to capture the old photographs and stories of our loved ones for present and future generations. It was founded in 2010 as a place for …

The Good and Bad of Veterans Day: Freebies, Discounts and Fraud

Posted on 11/10/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsPerhaps you’re a veteran yourself. Maybe you have a family member, close friend, neighbor, or loved one who has served—or who is currently serving. Although veterans deserve our support every day of the year, it’s a great time to highlight the ways businesses and organizations everywhere are honoring veterans. Unfortunately it’s also a time when those who deserve our utmost respect may fall victim to crooks and scammers. But we’ll focus on the good stuff first. 

A Salute to My Dad — and His Fellow Veterans

Posted on 11/9/2011 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingThey were easy to recognize today, as they always are when we meet at the Hometown Buffet. They stood out among the lunch time crowd; most were looking pretty darn sharp in their “uniforms” – khaki pants, white shirts and navy blue blazers with the crossed sword and powder keg emblem sewn on the breast pocket, the word “Mountain” stitched above it. My Dad, the spiffiest of them all in my humble opinion, topped his outfit off with a bolo …