Veterans from recent conflicts have expanded the role of service dogs. While many Americans still identify "service dogs" as "guide dogs" for the visually impaired, "service" now extends into many other dimensions.
The Social Security Administration reports that in 2015, over 59 million Americans received almost $870 billion in Social Security benefits. Social Security is the major source of income for most of the elderly in the United States. According to SSA: • Nine out of 10 people age 65 and older receive Social Security benefits. • Social Security represents 39 percent of the income of the elderly. • Among elderly Social Security beneficiaries, 53 percent of married couples and 74 percent of unmarried persons receive half or more of their income from Social Security.
One of the advantages of being older is senior discounts in restaurants. Here is a list of restaurants that offer discounts to seniors. Keep this list and send a copy to your senior friends and relatives. Note: you must ask for your discount. Restaurants Applebee's: 15 percent off with Golden Apple Card (60+) Arby's: 10 percent off (55+) Ben & Jerry's: 10 percent off (60+) Bennigan's: Discount varies by location (60+) Bob's Big Boy: Discount varies by location (60+) Boston Market: 10 percent off (65+)
Rich treasure troves of public data exist about our cities, but for the ordinary person, these can be hard to dig up and decipher. That's why citizens, nonprofits, and start-ups have been trying to convert some of these complex datasets into comprehensible and usable forms. Even the federal government has been trying to consolidate some of these data tools in one corner on the internet. But this endeavor, while significant, only brings together a few pieces of a larger puzzle.
SCENE 1. A man went to the local gym and placed his belongings in the locker. After the workout and a shower, he came out, saw the locker open and thought to himself, 'Funny, I thought I locked the locker. He dressed and just flipped the wallet to make sure all was in order. Everything looked okay all cards were in place. A few weeks later his credit card bill came a whooping bill of $14,000.
Operation: Keep the Promise (OKTP) is a yearlong effort to mobilize DAV and supporters behind their legislative agenda. In 2016, DAV will focus on veterans health care reform. Given the current policy debates about veterans health care, and proposals being put forward, we believe this is a defining moment for America's veterans. Many of the ideas for reform have not been clearly defined by the people and organizations espousing them, so DAV has performed their own analysis of the impact on veterans.
The Veterans Affairs Department is weighing whether to add several diseases to the list of health conditions presumed in Vietnam veterans to be caused by exposure to Agent Orange. A VA working group is studying a report issued in March by the Institute of Medicine to determine whether bladder cancer, hypothyroidism and Parkinson's-like symptoms illnesses the IOM said may be more strongly linked to exposure than previously thought should automatically make a Vietnam veteran eligible for VA disability benefits and health care.
The Obama administration is facing congressional scrutiny for blocking more than a quarter-million military veterans from owning guns. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has reported more than 257,000 former members of the military who cannot manage their finances to the FBI's list of people who are not allowed to own guns, Republicans claim, even though "it has nothing to do with regulating firearms."
On July 20, 2015, the president signed into law the Veterans Identification Card Act of 2015. This act allows veterans to apply for an identification card directly from VA. The VA identification card will allow veterans to demonstrate proof of service for discounts at private restaurants and businesses. It should be noted that the identification card is different from a Veteran Health Identification card or a DoD Uniformed Services or retiree ID card.
AgeOptions is partnering with AmeriCorps to provide in-home respite to support veteran and active military families who care for older adults and adults with disabilities. Legacy Corps volunteers • AgeOptions Legacy Corps members (volunteers) help support veteran and military families across Todd and Wadena Counties by allowing family caregivers regular time away from caregiving tasks. AmeriCorps/Legacy Corps • AmeriCorps is a federal service program funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.