WASHINGTON, D.C. (PRWEB) July 10, 2012
The Disabled Veterans National Foundation(DVNF) applauds a decision by the government to allocate an additional $25 million for a program that keeps seniors, disabled individuals and veterans in their homes and out of institutionalized long-term care facilities.
The money, allocated under the Affordable Care Act, will be distributed to state Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) that assist and advocate for the elderly and disabled and aging veterans to continue living in their own homes rather than be forced into long-term care facilities. The funds will be made available over a one- to three-year period.
Additionally, as part of the initiative, the Veterans Health Administration will funnel an additional $27 million over three years to states to help disabled veterans remain in their communities. Eight states will be selected for fast-track implementation of the program.
“This is fantastic news, and our organization is ready to assist the Resource Centers in their work helping and advocating for veterans,” said Precilla Wilkewitz, President of the DVNF. “We fully support all veterans who want to remain in their own homes rather than move into facilities; it’s an issue of providing them with the lifestyle and the dignity they deserve after serving our country and protecting our freedom.”
The ADRCs will help veterans connect to services such as home health care, transportation to rehabilitation therapy, and support services for activities of daily living – resources that allow them to continue living safely at home despite their age and/or disabilities.
This program is being administered through a partnership between the new Administration for Community Living, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Health Administration.
About Disabled Veterans National Foundation: The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to change the lives of men and women who came home wounded or sick after defending our safety and our freedom. A nonprofit 501(c)(3), DVNF was founded in the fall of 2007 by six women veterans to expand their scope of work within the veteran's community. For more information, visit http://www.dvnf.org.