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 of its premiere next year), 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. It was just announced that the Korean War Veterans Memorial at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. will undergo a $22 million capital improvement. Included will be 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.

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.