Florida Veterans Foundation Launches New Programs
As she roamed the hallways night after night, room after room, she attended to the soldiers, providing care and to make sure they were resting peacefully. This was the Lady with a Lamp, Florence Nightingale. She gave her life to nursing and made it a practice that is honored and praised to this day.
Today our warriors to whom we praise with parades, salutes and honors are being denied the services and benefits they so badly need. They lie in wait for claims that take forever to be approved and administered. The very combatants that have defended our great country take a second seat when looking to receive already earned benefits.
War has a profound effect on our soldiers. When they raise a rifle to defend, they are protecting our way of life, our freedoms. How great can we be if we do not take care of our veterans? How great can we be when we make it extremely difficult for them to apply for benefits and services that they have earned with their courage and fortitude?
The Lady with a Lamp knows about care. It’s time to relight that lamp with our eternal gratitude by helping our brave defenders.
That flame is the Florida Veterans Foundation (FVF), which has launched several new initiatives to help our veterans, beginning with helping aging wartime veterans and their survivors apply and receive VA Pension with Aid and Attendance benefits.
Veterans who are age 65 and older and have served at least one day during wartime may be able to receive an average of $50,000 or more in benefits during their remaining lifetime.
There are eligibility and qualifications to receive these benefits, so a call center is available to help with those questions at 850-417-7558. In addition to this new initiative, the FVF is also launching the GetHelpNow24 Network to help veterans with Suicide Prevention, an Opioid Addiction Program, Fraud Prevention and helping all veterans register for VA Benefits.
The fund these programs, the FVF is partnering with corporations and organizations around the state to participate in their donor and membership programs.
For more information on the programs and how you can help, visit www.HelpFLVets.org or call 850488-4181 or email Info@HelpFLVets.org. The FVF was established in 2008 and is a legislative mandated charity designed to lead out and be the premier veterans charity in the state.
Lew Wilson is the Executive Outreach Coordinator for the Florida Veterans Foundation and can be contacted at Lew@HelpFLVets.org.