In the years that I have been working on this website, adding facilities and articles, it never occured to me that there is a segment of our population that (to me) seems under-represented in terms of assisted living. This group is our military veterans.
There are almost 24 million military veterans in the United States, and almost 7 million of those veterans are over the age of 65. I would think that there would be a lot more visibility and advertising for assisted living facilities for veterans – facilities that cater to people who have served in our military.
I know that there are numerous state-run facilities where veterans get benefits, but what I am talking about are facilities that are decorated as such – with flags, and military memorabilia on the walls, and a sense of community shared with other veterans.
This idea is also not to be limited to those who are seniors – but also available to veterans who have perhaps been disabled in the line of duty, who may also be younger, in their 20’s and 30’s. I know that there is such a population.
I got the idea and inspiration to create a page in our directory for assisted living for veterans when I read a news article introducing a facility in Jacksonville, Florida that is brand-new, and caters to veterans. I applaud Wakefield Place for creating an inspired home for our brave military veterans.
For more information on veteran’s affairs and assisted living, please visit www.va.gov