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5 Steps to Choosing the Right Nursing Home.  Choosing the right nursing home is extremely important because it directly impacts the well-being and quality of care for the seniors. A well-selected nursing home ensures that residents receive proper medical attention, emotional support, and a safe environment, promoting their overall health and happiness in their later years. We recently made a guide to help those who are in the process of transitioning to nursing home which includes important things to look for. Check it out:



Veteran Solutions Intelligent.com is a student-focused publication dedicated to delivering data-driven research and insights to aid students and educational institutions nationwide. Our commitment is to foster informed decision-making and elevate educational standards by translating complex data into understandable and actionable information.



Senior Veteran's Resource Guide.  This guide focuses on veterans’ options to help with non-medical or aging care. It will help veterans understand the available benefits, uncover financial assistance opportunities, and provide ideas that can reduce the costs associated with long-term care.



SleepDoctor.com.  We believe that a good night’s sleep is essential for everyone, especially our veterans, who have given so much. Unfortunately, for many veterans, a quality mattress—an essential component of healthy sleep—is often a financial burden.  To address this, we have curated a list of organizations dedicated to providing free or discounted mattresses to those in need, including veterans. Our resource is designed to make essential sleep solutions more accessible, helping those who served us to achieve the rest they deserve.
You can view the guide here: How to Get Free and Discounted Mattresses


US Government Made Easy For Veterans




VA Loan Information


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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Overview


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder can occur following a life-threatening event like military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults like rape. Most survivors of trauma return to normal given a little time. However, some people have stress reactions that don't go away on their own, or may even get worse over time. These individuals may develop PTSD.

People who suffer from PTSD often suffer from nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, and feeling emotionally numb. These symptoms can significantly impair a person's daily life.

 PTSD is marked by clear physical and psychological symptoms. It often has symptoms like depression, substance abuse, problems of memory and cognition, and other physical and mental health problems. The disorder is also associated with difficulties in social or family life, including occupational instability, marital problems, family discord, and difficulties in parenting.If you are suffering from PTSD, or know someone who is, the following list of resources and information will help you find help in dealing with PTSD and related conditions.  


Featured PTSD News

Center for Psychological Health and TBI Opens

The Department of Defense today announced the opening of a 24-hour outreach center to provide information and referrals to military service members, veterans, their families and others with questions about psychological health and traumatic brain injury. More

National Center for PTSD
PTSD Discussion Forum
PTSD Resources.org
What You Need to Know About PTSD
Readjustment Counseling Resources
PTSD Facts for Veterans
PTSD Information for Guard and Reserve Members 
Military Severly Injured Center Articles
Military OneSource
Army Behavioral Health Website


All states have a Nursing Facility Medicaid program that provides general health coverage plus coverage for nursing home services. These services include room and board, nursing care, personal care and therapy services.

 Nursing Facility Medicaid may pay for a stay in a nursing home if you need a “nursing-home level of care” or meet nursing home “functional eligibility criteria; and have income and assets below certain guidelines.

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Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them.

Veterans Small Business Guide  https://digital.com/veterans-business/

Board of Veteran's Appeals http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/

Center for Minority Veterans http://www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/

Center for Women Veterans http://www1.va.gov/womenvet/

Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-03 http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Rates/comp01.htm

Directory of Veterans Service Organizations http://www1.va.gov/vso/index.cfm?template=view


Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/exams/index.htm

Geriatrics and Extended Care http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/

Hearings http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch04.doc

Veterans Legal and Benefits Information http://valaw.org/

Online version http://www1.va.gov/OPA/vadocs/current_benefits.asp

PDF Download in English http://www1.va.gov/opa/vadocs/fedben.pdf

VA War-Related Illness and Injury Center http://www.vagov/WRIICSC-DC

Homeless Veterans http://www.va.gov/homeless

VA National HIV/AIDS Program http://www.hiv.va.gov

VA Public Health Smoking Cessation Program http://www.publichealth.va.gov/smoking


VA Mental Health http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov

National Cemetery Administration (Burial and Memorials) http://www.cem.va.gov 

The Mesothelioma Center.   As a result of the military's past reliance on asbestos, countless veterans suffer from life-threatening diseases caused by asbestos exposure.  This website provides free information, resources and personal assistance to those who have been affected by these diseases and can even help veterans file for their VA benefits.  https://www.asbestos.com/veterans/https://www.asbestos.com/treatment/cancer-centers/ 

Center for Women Veterans and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs www.va.gov/womenvet

National Foundation for Women Legislations (www.womenlegislators.org)

 Vietnam Women Veterans - Almost ten thousand women were there.

For a list of not only the women who gaves their lives in Vietnam but the start of a complete women's casualty list see: They Gave Their Lives

Salon.com features an interesting story about female Vietnam Veterans, entitled "Unarmed and Under Fire: An Oral History of Female Vietnam Vets."
Women in Vietnam

The Vietnam Womens Memorial Project's new website is at:




Women Combat Vets Battle for Acceptance

A Guide to Veteran's Benefits

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are over 18.2 million veterans aged 65 and above, many of whom require long-term care. Unfortunately, navigating the intricacies of available benefits can be daunting, particularly for retired veterans in their elderly years.  To address this issue and assist senior veterans and their families, we have created a comprehensive guide that explains various VA benefits, focusing on those applicable to seniors. This guide offers valuable insights into utilizing VA benefits to meet long-term care needs. It outlines eligibility requirements and provides a step-by-step application process to determine available options for financing their healthcare needs.


The Fallen Outdoors. The Fallen Outdoors mission is to organize outdoor adventures for Veterans Past and Present.  Their aim is to connect veterans with like-minded individuals along with teaching them a skill and passion they can continue for a life time.


U.S. veterans are at an especially high risk of mesothelioma, a cancer caused exclusively by asbestos exposure. Every branch of the military relied on asbestos from the 1930s to the early 1980s because this mineral was cheap to buy and resistant to fire and heat.  At Mesothelioma Hope, we offer resources for veterans and their families that are reviewed by certified oncologists and VA benefits specialists. We provide detailed information about mesothelioma and its impacts on those who have served. 1 out of 3 mesothelioma patients are veterans so we are on a mission to raise awareness and reach those who have this cancer, to help increase their odds of fighting it.


Americans who have served in the military may qualify for the Veterans Pension, which is a tax-free monetary benefit. Veterans and their families could be unaware of the options that are available to them due to the complexity of annuities. We've recently added a new page dedicated to men and women who have served our country in the military covering these topics and more. Please take a look: