Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We did not pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. ~ Ronald Reagan

The American Revolution, also known as the United States War of Independence or the American Revolutionary War, was a revolution in which 13 of Great Britain’s North American colonies gained political independence and later formed the United States of America. The U.S. military has faced many battles since then. Although over 248 years have passed, one thing remains the same: the U.S. military plays a crucial role in protecting our freedoms and independence. Many have made significant sacrifices not only to serve their country but also to safeguard the independence we cherish.

Today, many of the soldiers who once fought for us now need our support. A study conducted for the Home Instead Senior Care network identified the top 10 things that seniors over 55 fear the most. The number one fear identified by 90% of seniors was the loss of independence. Regardless of their financial situation, everyone should have the opportunity to experience independence, especially our Veterans.

Loss of independence can be disheartening to Veterans. They fought to keep our country’s independence and spent their entire lives living independently, building careers, and raising families. Now, in their later years, that independence is personally being challenged. The natural effects of aging can sometimes make independent living harder than it once was. Difficulties with mobility, behavioral health conditions such as isolation and loneliness, and financial strains are just some contributors to a loss of independence in aging adults. Pride in being independent can keep Veterans from asking for help even when it’s needed. Veterans suffering from loneliness are more likely to report risky health behaviors such as poor diet, lack of physical activity, excessive alcohol consumption, or smoking. Fortunately, home care services can help our aging heroes keep their independence while protecting their comfort and security. These include:

Assistance with Daily Tasks
When mobility declines, simple tasks can become difficult. Stairs, steps, and slippery surfaces can be a burden for an elderly Veteran who is afraid of falling. Dressing can become a chore when arthritis or joint pain interferes with fastening buttons and zippers. Home care providers can help these seniors navigate daily tasks with dignity.

Loneliness is tied to high levels of depression and is especially common among older adults. Rather than being left to remedy loneliness on their own—often in unhealthy ways—the presence of a home care provider can bring companionship, solace, and both physical and emotional support.

Meal Preparation
A healthy diet is critical to those suffering from chronic symptoms such as high blood pressure or heart disease. Still, aging Veterans who live alone may not take the time to prepare and eat healthy, balanced meals. Home care providers can help cook nutritious meals that include plenty of fruits and vegetables so that elderly Veterans get the vitamins they need to live longer, more healthful lives.

Failing eyesight and slower reflexes make driving more difficult in advanced years, and public transportation isn’t always accessible or easy to navigate. A dedicated home care provider can provide safe transportation to the grocery store, pharmacy, or doctor’s office.

Medication reminders
According to the CDC, up to 50% of prescribed medications are “taken incorrectly, particularly with regard to timing, dosage, frequency, and duration.” For elderly Veterans, missing a dose or taking the wrong dosage amount can end up in a hospital visit or, worse, be fatal. There is also the possibility that a medication causes adverse side effects such as dizziness or drowsiness—symptoms that can increase the risk of falling. Home care providers can help elderly Veterans remember to take their medications as prescribed and help to ensure they can safely move throughout their homes despite any side effects they may be experiencing.

While aging can sometimes make independent living difficult, home care can help seniors maintain independence in their own homes. Home care services can help Veterans and surviving spouses maintain their independence while protecting their comfort and security with the respect they deserve. As we celebrate our independence this Fourth of July, VCC will also be focused on helping our aging heroes retain their independence with dignity and honor.

Low-income wartime Veterans, their spouses, and their surviving spouses may be eligible for the Pension with Aid and Attendance benefit, which may be used to help offset the cost of home care services.

Veterans Care Coordination’s mission is to fight for the independence of our Veterans and surviving spouses by making it easier for them to age at home. We do this by partnering with quality home care providers to help navigate the VA’s application process for pension funds, get care started as quickly as possible, and assist in managing and maintaining the benefit for as long as needed.


Updated June 2024

About Kyle Laramie, Founder & CEO

Kyle founded Veterans Care Coordination in April 2011. As its founder and CEO of VCC, Kyle is driven by the memory of his grandfather, a World War II Veteran who unnecessarily missed out on essential VA benefits because Kyle’s family wasn’t aware of available opportunities. In recognition of his impact in leadership, Kyle was named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list and St. Louis Small Business Monthly’s “100 St. Louisans to Know” in 2014. VCC was named a St. Louis Small Business Monthly “Top 20” small business and a finalist for the St. Louis Post Dispatch Top Workplace (2015-2022), St. Louis Business Journal Best Place to Work (2019 & 2022), and the Arcus Awards (2014). The team has served more than 14,000 Veteran clients and their families. Kyle frequently speaks on Veterans’ benefits, addressing conferences such as the Home Care Association of America and Decision Health. He is passionate about giving back and has built a charitable-minded organization that supports various philanthropic efforts.