Veterans Home Care Assistance Program
Veterans are some of the most important people in this nation, but they are not alone in the sacrifice and effort they give throughout their service. Behind these brave men and women are the families who love and support them throughout their entire experience in the armed forces. April is the Month of the Military Child, a nationwide celebration of the children of active and veteran members of the military and the contribution they made to the service of these veterans.
As the child of an aging veteran you likely have a strong emotional connection to your senior’s time in the military. Depending on whether you were born before he enlisted and how long he served, you probably remember what is was like to have him gone for long stretches and how proud you were of what he did. During this time, however, you were also doing something important. By loving, supporting, and missing your parent you were giving him strength and pushing him forward.
This April, home care for aging veterans can help you continue to show your love and support for your veteran as you maintain your identity as a military child. Even it has been decades since your veteran was active in the military, the influence his service had on you will impact you throughout the rest of your life. Let his home care provider help you spend time with your aging veteran and participate in activities that celebrate his service and the fact that you are back together.
Try some of these suggestions for spending time with your elderly veteran this April and beyond:
• Visit a monument. Research your area to find out if there are any monuments to the specific wars or conflicts in which your veteran was involved. Visit this monument together and spend some peaceful time appreciating what the monument represents and what your parents contributed to the event.
• Pay your respects. For many aging veterans, military cemeteries are a reminder of the incredible devotion of members of the military and how blessed they are to have survived their service. As a military child, these locations remind you of sacrifice, of your own relationship with your aging veteran, and of everything these lives have achieved for the country. Have the home care for aging veterans provider help your senior with mobility challenges as you move through the cemetery.
• Recreate a special moment. Many military parents miss important moments in their children’s lives because they are training or deployed. This is difficult for everyone, but you can recapture these special emotions. If your aging veteran missed an important moment in your life, such as your prom or your wedding, recreate it together. Get dressed up, go to dinner together, and take plenty of pictures. You can even combine forces with members of your family and friends to create an entire event, such as renewing your wedding vows or hosting a second-chance prom to let others get involved in reclaiming these important memories.
For more information and to learn about Veterans Home Care Assistance Program, contact Veteran’s Home Care at (888) 314-6075.