Veterans Have Special Needs while Aging

Veterans have special needs because of their special service and sacrifice for our country. Care for injuries incurred on the battlefield has improved tremendously in the past few decades Today’s care now includes cutting-edge technology in diagnostics, prosthetics, and mental health care. Veterans are living longer than ever, even after suffering injuries during war. In 2000, there were only 400,000 male veterans over the age of 85. In 2010, that number skyrocketed to 1.3 million. There are proportionately more males older than 85 in the general population today, too – increasing from 33 percent of the population in 200, to 68 percent in 2010. In 2011, 2.6 million aging veterans received care from the Veterans Health Administration and another 1.2 million older veterans were enrolled but did not seek care from that institution. Many veterans choose to seek care from a local doctors and senior care services. The best establishments already have established relationships with law f


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