George was a veteran who served during the Korean War.
He was one of the service members who saw active combat.
A number of the friends he made in the service never returned home from that war. He dealt with post-traumatic stress disorder, struggled to reintegrate into his life, but managed to finally return to some semblance of normalcy, raise a family, and build a career.
He was incredibly healthy, energetic, and willing to do just about anything he could to help family and friends. When he was 88 while still in incredible physical condition and relatively good health, he began experiencing memory related problems. Initially, he passed them off as the natural process of aging.
After more time passed, his doctor recommended a series of test which led to the discovery of Alzheimer’s.
This was a difficult diagnosis to accept.
He was living alone, widowed for more than 12 years with most of his family was spread across the country. At his age, most of his friends had passed away a long time ago. He didn’t know what options he had available to him for support. He knew at some point in time he was going to need a significant level of assistance.
His family did try to encourage him to move closer, but he had grown fond of this community. He didn’t really want to live where they lived. Still, he worried. He wanted to remain home. He just didn’t know how he could afford an in-home care aide or other caregivers.
That’s when his youngest son, a veteran himself, mentioned the Aid and Attendance benefit.
George had already applied for certain pensions through the VA for financial assistance and was denied. He felt as though he had maxed out whatever pensions he was eligible for.
His son told him that the qualification standard for Aid and Attendance was different. Even qualifying veterans who had been denied other pensions through the VA might still qualify for financial assistance through the Aid and Attendance pension.
George decided to apply. He had the opportunity for an in-home care aide for several hours a day, five days a week. For the first couple of years following his diagnosis, this was a great asset that allowed him to remain comfortable at home.
If you or a loved one is needing assistance with Aid and Attendance Benefit, please contact the knowledgeable and friendly staff at Veterans Care Coordination™.
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Under Kyle’s leadership, Veterans Care Coordination has become one of the fastest growing senior service companies in the United States. Partnering with health care providers throughout the U.S., VCC serves more than 1000 clients in 45 states. The company currently employs more than 65 professionals.
In January 2014, Kyle was named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list. The St. Louis Small Business Monthly also named him as one of the “100 St. Louisans to Know” in 2014. In 2015, Kyle was selected as one of ten national finalists for the 2015 Glenn Shepard Leadership Award. In addition, in September 2013, Veterans Care Coordination was honored by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly as one of the “Top 20” small businesses in the St. Louis area, in 2014 the company was honored as a finalist for the Arcus Awards and by the St. Louis Post Dispatch for being a Top Workplace.
Kyle is an accredited claims agent by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of veterans’ benefits, addressing conferences such as the Home Care Association of America and the Northeast Home care Conference. Kyle currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mid-East Area Agency on Aging and has been previously involved with the St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. He resides in Lake St. Louis, Mo. with his wife and twin boys. In his spare time, Kyle is an avid tennis player.
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