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PUBLIC POLICY


Advocates Argentum For You


Today, 49.5 percent of veterans are age 65 and over and a majority of them are living in states where senior living providers oper- ate the most communities (i.e. California, Florida, and Texas.) But for some of these veterans, finding housing and health care can be a struggle, especially for those who may have disabilities or chronic medical conditions. While the WWII veteran pop- ulation is declining, the average age of the


Vietnam veteran population is increasing; it is critical that these veterans receive the long-term care and support to assist with their daily needs. Argentum continues its commitment to


supporting veterans by ensuring the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) plac- es a high priority on protecting and serving senior veterans. For nearly 10 years, Argen- tum has worked with the VA to help educate them about senior living and the variety of programs and services available to veterans and their spouses including the Veterans Aid & Attendance benefit. The benefit is critical for veterans and their spouses who do not possess the financial resources to pay for their necessary long-term services and supports. This program helps expand the choices available to senior veterans who need assistance but do not want or need the


Who Are Our Veterans?


The nation’s 18,830,450 veterans make up 7.6 percent of the total population.


Their Gender Male veterans Female veterans


How Old They Are 65 years and over 35 to 54 years 55 to 64 years 18 to 34 years


When They Served Vietnam Era Peacetime Gulf War


More than one War Korean War World War II


17,254,563 1,575,887


91.6% 8.3%


9,315,829 49.5% 4,470,020 23.7% 3,405,348 1,639,253


18.0% 8.7%


6,251,257 33.2% 4,338,296


23.0%


4,191,649 22.2% 1,682,931 1,530,875 835,442


9.0% 8.1% 4.4%


■ More than 1,000,000 ■ 500,001 to 1,000,000 ■ 300,001 to 500,000


Veterans to Be Where the 1,332,987 active-duty military members serve Six Over 10%


Veterans make up more than 10 percent of the total adult population in six states.


Alaska (12.5%)


Virginia (10.8%)


Montana (10.6%)


Wyoming (10.2%)


Maine (10%)


Hawaii (10%)


Army Navy


Air Force


Marine Corps Coast Guard


465,075 322,739 320,749 183,394 41,030


Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 American Community Survey. (The American Community Survey did not collect data for Guam, but other sources report a large veteran population.) 60 SENIOR LIVING EXECUTIVE / ISSUE 6 2017


■ 100,001 to 300,000 ■ Under 100,000


level of care offered in more expensive care settings such as skilled nursing communities. Argentum has submitted official com-


ments to the VA expressing the need to streamline the Veterans Aid & Attendance benefit application, allowing those who have defended our country to age with dignity and respect. Argentum is dedicated to work- ing with the VA and the House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs to ensure senior veterans have access to the services and supports they require as they age. Join us March 20-21 at the 2018 Argen-


tum Public Policy Institute & Fly-In to meet with federal agency staff and Congressio- nal members to express your commitment to serving senior veterans and support the positive impact VA benefits have on veter- ans and their loved ones.


Learn more at argentum.org/ppi Where Do They Live? Total Number of Veterans by State


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