The Southeast Missourian reported a record crowd at weekly veterans’ free breakfast in Perryville, Missouri sponsored by Veterans Home Care’s VetAssist Program. Forty-two veterans enjoyed the breakfast at the Missouri’s National Veteran Memorial which has been the most since the re-opening after the pandemic.
The veterans’ free breakfast is available to veterans-only at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Memorial that boasts the only full-scale replica of the Vietnam Wall, 1172 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Perryville, MO 63775.
Veterans Home Care’s regional manager and licensed clinical social worker Dana Taylor, who helps local veteran families, attended. Veterans Home Care’s VetAssist Program provides home care with no-out-of-pocket costs to wartime veterans or their surviving spouses who qualify. Taylor is an expert in a little-known VA benefit called Aid and Attendance which can be used long-term custodial care. She’s assisted hundreds of area senior veterans and spouses, most who were unaware the benefit existed, claim their VA funding and use the funds for in-home caregivers.
In attendance was Vietnam veteran Dale Monier who was awarded the Purple Heart for his heroic service.
The original Vietnam Memorial Wall is located Washington DC. The Vietnam Wall in Perryville was completed in the fall of 2018 and lists more than 58,000 names of Vietnam War casualties.