About us

We must be there for our living heroes during their hour of greatest need. It is no surprise to anyone that aging is a difficult process. We see it within our own families, among our friends, on the street and in the news. The inevitable weakening of once-strong bodies and minds leaves the elderly faced with complex issues at precisely the time in their lives when they’re least capable of responding. Long term care exacts a high emotional and financial toll on patients, family and professional staff alike and is considered to be one of today’s most specialized and demanding health care services. Veterans homes exist to help America’s living heroes through this difficult passage with dignity and at a greatly reduced cost.

The demand for quality long term veteran care is growing at an astounding rate. Our nation faces the largest aging veteran population in its history. Today, roughly 10 million veterans are aged 65 and over, about 39 percent of all the veterans in America. This proportion will remain unchanged for the next 20 years. The number of veterans aged 85 and over will have increased by 600 percent from 1990 to 2010 and will total nearly two million in all.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has now designated the state veterans homes system as its primary provider of long term care service. One hundred new homes are slated to be built in the next 10 years, but even with such aggressive expansion, the demands for service will continue to far exceed the supply.

By 2010, the number of veterans aged 85 and older will have increased by 600%.

America’s veterans homes face serious resource shortfalls. Ideally, home costs are shared equally by the Department of Veterans Affairs, state governments and residents. The reality is that 11 states currently provide little or no funding for their veterans home. And the others now face the worst fiscal crisis in 20 years, with collective revenue shortfalls approaching $100 billion. The current deficit is California alone, which maintains three homes, is $35 billion. Two-thirds of the 

states now report substantial cuts in programs serving low-income residents, including veterans.

And the financial challenges facing the national retirement homes are no less formidable. Funded almost entirely by fees assessed to active-duty military personnel, through small payroll deductions and collections from judicial proceedings, the national homes have experienced severe revenue shortfalls since reduction in military personnel began some nine years ago.

In addition, nearly every home relies on support from its local veterans community to supplement its resources. Homes commonly log thousands of hours of veteran volunteer time each year, the equivalent of a significant number of full-time paid staff. And gift monies from local veterans groups have given the homes another valuable boost. But these veterans who contribute so generously of their time and money are dying at an alarming rate. An estimated 700,000 will die this year, and far fewer veterans will be there to follow in their footsteps.