Many aging Veterans experiencing poverty or in crisis juggle physical and/or mental health issues—often stemming from their military service—as they endure health concerns due to aging. Without a free attorney by their side, elderly Veterans are at risk of food insecurity, substandard health care, homelessness, among other issues. Below is an excerpt from our testimony exemplifying the significance of access to free legal services for aging Veterans.
“…a 91-year-old Korean War Era Veteran was recently referred to the Older Veterans clinic after hospitalization for congestive heart failure. He was in need of regular assistance with daily activities and wanted to receive his care at home, but complex VA and New York State laws meant he did not know if he qualified for assistance; meanwhile, paying for private care would ravage his savings and income at this uncertain time. With NYLAG’s help, the veteran learned how Medicaid planning and the VA benefits to which he was entitled could help him afford care safely at home. For this aging veteran, like so many others, the need for affordable home care, income support and housing were intertwined.”
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