It seems impossible to believe, but in a war where more than 5 million of its citizens served in the Armed Forces, a conflict could be deemed America’s “forgotten war.” However, that’s primarily the case with the Korean War, which began more than 70 years ago. In fact, if it weren’t for the enduring stamina of the television show M*A*S*H* (which itself will celebrate the 50th anniversary on September 17th), the Korean War and the efforts of those who served might be forgotten entirely.
Although officially called a “police action” (since a formal declaration of war was never made—or even sought), it was very much a war to those who were called to serve, often in brutal and almost unbearable conditions. Former Secretary of State Dean Acheson once declared that, “If the best minds in the world had set out to find us the worst possible location in the world to fight this damnable war, the unanimous choice would have been Korea.” Some battles were fought in temperatures as low as –54° F, which not only resulted in frostbite but also jammed weapons, frozen rations and icy terrain. Much of this isn’t widely known except by those who served.
Today, these Veterans are in their 90s and the sacrifices of their youth are very much appreciated. Veterans Care Coordination™ is committed to helping these brave Americans collect all the benefits they’ve earned and so richly deserve.
Korean War Veterans and their surviving spouses, with limited assets and income, may be eligible for the Pension with Aid and Attendance lifetime benefit. This additional income may be used to help offset the cost of in-home care services, which can help them live safely in their homes and provide a continuing sense of independence. In most states the Pension with Aid and Attendance can be used in conjunction with Medicaid and certain VA benefits.
If you believe you or a loved one might be eligible for this benefit, Veterans Care Coordination may be able to help—at no cost to you or your family.
We all know that dealing with the government can be a long, complicated process. But Veterans Care Coordination has an easy, 4-step process that ensures the following:
1. Determines eligibility
2. Helps with the application process
3. Initiates the needed care
4. Continues to monitor the status of each claim and quality of care while the approval process is pending
Once the benefit has been approved, Veterans Care Coordination continues to monitor both the benefit and quality of care to ensure the coverage provided reflects the quality earned by the Veteran’s service.
Our aim is to help maximize VA pension funds, get care started as quickly as possible and maintain the benefit for as long as needed. Allowing Veterans and surviving spouses to age in place and remain independent may not have been a viable option without the benefit, which is why Veterans Care Coordination is so strongly committed to assisting those who served.
Today, only about 500,000 Korean War Veterans are still living, but their sacrifices are being recognized in a more meaningful manner. The construction and rehabilitation of the Korean War Veterans Memorial at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. is expected to be completed this summer. The $22 million improvement project has been funded entirely by donations. Included is a new granite Wall of Remembrance, listing the names of all 36,574 US troops who were killed in action during the war and more than 7,200 Koreans who served as advisers and interpreters.
It’s a fitting tribute to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice and ensures that those who served in the “forgotten war” are, themselves, never forgotten.
Veterans Care Coordination strives to help as many Veterans and surviving spouses as possible gain access to the home care they need in order to continue living the high-quality life they deserve.
Our partner providers join Veterans Care Coordination in the mission to improve the quality of life for Veterans and their families. We partner with quality home care providers to help navigate the VA’s application process for pension funds, maximize the VA pension funds, and get care started as quickly as possible.