The Missouri Athletic Club will honor five area women with their Women of Distinction Award at an April 7 luncheon and among them is Bonnie Laiderman, president of Veterans Home Care. The purpose is to recognize women who enrich the St. Louis region and contribute to the advancement of all women through her leadership, character and professional achievements.
President and Founder of Veterans Home Care Bonnie Laiderman
Bonnie earned this award as a business owner and entrepreneur who founded Veterans Home Care in 2003. She started her business as a solo operation to help elderly, disabled veterans and their surviving spouses. Since then, Veterans Home Care has served more than 12,000 veterans and spouses in 46 states with 106 employees and has become the industry leader.
“It might surprise some people that the majority of Veterans Home Care clients are women,” said Bonnie.
Women today are living longer yet due to poverty and disability, their golden years aren’t always bright. Veterans Home Care provides an invaluable service to elderly, disabled men and women with limited financial resources.
“There are many elderly women out there in need of assistance and they have no idea that they could qualify for a VA pension,” said Bonnie Laiderman. To qualify, a woman must be either a wartime veteran or a surviving spouse of a wartime veteran.
Other Women of Distinction Honorees
The other 2017 MAC honorees include: Rosemarie Brown, Nancy Hawes, Dena Ladd, and Shannon Woodcock. Brown is the Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce Southwestern Madison County. Hawes is a shareholder at Polsinelli. Ladd is the Executive Director of Missouri Cures. Woodcock is President and CEO of HealthWorks.
Past honorees include: Dr. Blanche Touhill, professor emeritus at the University of Missouri St. Louis, U.S. Representative Ann Wagner, Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Russell, Maxine Clark, founder of Build-A-Bear, Cindy Erickson, chief executive officer, American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri and Meredith Knopp, senior vice president at The Mission Continues.
“I’m very grateful for this honor. When I read about the current and the past honorees, I felt so proud to be among them all,” said Bonnie.
The Missouri Athletic Club opened in downtown St. Louis in 1903 and expanded its membership to women in 1988. It’s considered one of the foremost athletic, dining and social club for business, professional and civic leaders in the country.
Our VetAssist® Program can help you apply for the VA’s Aid and Attendance benefit and access the home care you need. For more information and to learn about The VetAssist Program, contact Veteran’s Home Care at (888) 314-6075.