The VA has regional offices and centers
throughout the United States. Questions con-
cerning VA benefits should be addressed to the
nearest VA office.
Medical Benefits Available
Through the Veterans Administration
Administration (VA) medical
benefits are available only to selected veterans
and retired members. Dependents or survivors
of retired members are not entitled to medical
care unless they are veterans in their own right.
Medical benefits available through the Veterans
Outpatient medical treatment
Outpatient dental treatment
Information concerning these services may be
obtained from the local Veterans Administra-
Veterans Administration (VA) Homes
Members disabled by age or disease who are
not in need of hospitalization or skilled nursing
services may be provided domiciliary care if VA
eligibility requirements are met. The VA main-
tains a number of these types of homes for
veterans and retirees. Information can be pro-
vided by the nearest VA representative concern-
ing admission to a VA home.
Direct Services to the Elderly
With the ever-increasing number of older
people in our society, services to help older
citizens remain independent become more crit-
ical. Many communities offer a number of direct
services for the elderly. Some of these services
are discussed in the following paragraphs.
The services found in the local community
should be listed within the I&R Directory.
TWENTY-FOUR HOUR HOMEMAKER
SERVICE.This service provides temporary
live-in services to persons recuperating from
illness which required hospitalization.
HOMEMAKER SERVICE.The goal of
this service is to maintain and improve the qual-
ity of home and family life by providing services
such as housekeeping, laundry, and direct coun-
seling to individuals whose independent func-
tions are jeopardized by illness, disability,
diminished capacity, and other related health
and social problems.
HOME MAINTENANCE SERVICE.This
service is made available to older individuals
needing minor home repairs, such as fixing
faucets, rescreening doors and windows, chang-
ing light bulbs, etc. Cost of materials is paid by
the senior citizens.
TRANSPORTATION.This type of service
is generally provided upon telephone request.
Transportation is provided to health facilities,
such as doctors offices, dentists offices, health
and rehabilitation centers, and also to churches,
synagogues, supermarkets, and other important
RETIRED SENIOR VOLUNTEER PRO-
citizens to work as volunteers in public or non-
public agencies which assist senior citizens,
RECREATION AND EDUCATION PRO-
GRAMS.These programs offer bridge, arts,
crafts, needlework, physical fitness, bowling,
sewing, dancing, variety
shows, religious studies, speakers, entertain-
ment, and special events to senior citizens.
LEGAL COUNSELING PROGRAMS FOR
THE ELDERLY.Many communities have
special legal counseling programs for the elderly.
Information concerning this type of program
may be kept at the base legal affairs office or the
local office on aging. Legal information can also
be obtained from:
National Senior Citizens Law Center
1709 West 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
National Resource Center
1302 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
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