Statistics presented by the Disabled Veteran National Foundation assert that 53% of homeless veterans have a disability stemming from their active service, a clear indicator of how difficult it can be for medically retired veterans to find stability on return. It is essential that veterans are aware of how they can be supported, regardless of the impact of the illness they retired on account of.
Shelter is the most important building block in all-round stability. Veteran programs such as the Hero Loan and VA rental guarantee mean that veterans have good opportunities to get onto the housing ladder and stay protected. This faith is often repaid; Military.com notes that VA loans have the lowest rate of foreclosure. However, delinquency does still occur and can create a bad situation for veterans. This is especially impactful with medically retired veterans, who may find improving their income or switching jobs difficult due to adaptations. A key principle for veterans is buying smartly, and keeping the house adapted to their needs.
While many veterans will attract high-quality healthcare when leaving active service. The VA provides healthcare to a level often greater than comparable insurance plans. However, the support networks are not always up to par; one article by the USA Today highlights overall deficiencies across the network. For medically retired veterans, independence comes from obtaining that care on a long-term basis. Taking VA care one step further, and looking for local, bespoke care, is key.
Looking for new routes
Health.mil highlights some of the key areas where advancements have been made in military-medical technology, and knowing where these changes are and pursuing them for rehabilitation will help to generate further levels of independence. While many advancements are focused on healthcare on the battlefield, many others are on the healthcare system found at home. Communities directed by the military medical system are of particular interest, and can help to develop their self-care and resilience at home.
Independence leads to better quality of life and, for veterans, a shot at enjoying hard earned rest after making sacrifices for the national good. Awareness is the biggest part of the challenge, and ensuring that veterans are able to access services – for life.