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Surviving Spouse Spotlight – Patricia Belcher

Patricia Belcher is our surviving spouse of the month and we would like to honor her and her husband Jack Belcher.

Jack Belcher served in the Navy during the Vietnam Era from 1964 to 1975. His duties included serving on the USS Missouri Carrier Ship and he worked on planes AC units

Jack and Patricia lived in and around Kansas City, Missouri their entire lives. They did not have kids together but had lots and lots of dogs to love on. Patricia has a Pug named Muffin to keep her company now.

Patricia’s favorite things to do are Watching TV, reading books and spending time with her Pug, Muffin.

Patricia shared a wonderful wedding memory with us and wanted to share her memory of that wonderful and interesting day.  Jack and Patricia Belcher got married in 1980. They were married almost 32 years before Jack passed away and Patricia shared many great memories from their wedding day. It started off with a bang, the wedding cake arrived to the church and as they were bringing it in, the top layer fell off and hit the floor and the cake topper lost an arm.  They fixed the arm of the cake topper with a little glue but they had to go back and make a new top layer. Meanwhile Patricia was told by Jack “whatever you do don’t look at the cake”. Then Patricia was steaming her dress with an iron and it spit water on the front of her dress. They had to wash it in the washer and the stitching that was used to hold up the bottom of the dress came undone, therefore she had to hold it up as she walked down the aisle. The end of the night was even more eventful as they were locked out of their house and Jack had to climb through a tiny bedroom window and go unlock the door to let Patricia in.

Patricia, thank you for your wonderful life story and thank you Jack for your service to our country.

Kyle Laramie, President

President, Founder at Veterans Care Coordination
After working in the field of occupational therapy, as well as various marketing, sales and management roles for both private duty nursing and assisted living providers, Kyle founded Veterans Care Coordination in April 2011. As president and owner of VCC, Kyle is driven by the memory of his grandfather. A World War II veteran, he unnecessarily missed out on essential VA benefits because Kyle’s family simply did not know about the opportunities that were available to assist him in his golden years.

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.