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Are you a veteran or a surviving spouse of a Veteran?
There may be VA benefits available which you have not researched or you may have been denied in the past and your situation has changed. These benefits can help you pay for long-term care.
Qualifying Service Dates:
WWII 12.7.41 to 12.31.46
Korea 6.27.50 to 1.31.55
Vietnam I 2.28.61 to 8.4.64 (in country)
Vietnam II 8.5.64 to 5.7.75
Mideast Conflicts 8.20.90 to date
Call our colleagues at the Center for Elder Veterans Rights directly for a no-risk interview concerning eligibility … 800-394-1250
The Center for Elder Veterans Rights, PC is the independent law office of attorney Kristen Vanderkooi. CFEVR is solely focused on assisting elderly and disabled Veterans and their Families to access disability entitlements administered under Title 38 of the United States Code.
We do not practice in any other field of law, be it elder, civil or criminal. Our sole area of practice is administrative representation before the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Clients engage our services for two reasons: they want to know before a health care buying decision is made if (under Title 38 regulations) they qualify for VA disability benefits and if eligibility does apparently exist, assistance of a VA-accredited legal professional is preparing and prosecuting an effective benefit claim before the VA.
Our initial consultation is without fee or obligation. To obtain more information or ask specific questions pertaining to VA benefits or potential eligibility, call us at (615) 226-8600 or (800) 394-1250.
The Center for Elder Veterans Rights, PC / 718 Thompson Lane / Suite 108-235 / Nashville, Tennessee 37204
“May you be blessed
With the spirit of the season, which is peace,
The gladness of the season, which is hope,
And the heart of the season, which is love.”
We are truly dedicated to helping our clients, old and new, regardless of the time of day – or time of year. During these joyous (and sometimes stressful) holidays, know that we are here to help with guidance and assistance, as needed. Happy Holidays!
A huge “THANK YOU” to everyone who donated to our local – but on-line – food drive to benefit the St Vincent de Paul Society, here in Tampa. To our Anonymous donors, please know that, even though we cannot thank you individually,
we greatly appreciate your support –
208 food items will be distributed to needy families!.
Through your generosity, at least twenty more families will receive a some portion of the over
one TWO hundred items donated. I am confident it will help brighten their Christmas season.
Thank you, again, from all of us at Always Best Care – Florida West.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!
We very much appreciate the announcement in this Sunday’s Tampa Tribune ‘North of Tampa’ section of the Tampa Bay Times . Here are the urls to reach the donation sites directly …
ABC Tampa Bay effort to assist St Vincent de Paul Society
ABC Hillsborough effort to help Cornerstone Kids
Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs has a great site with resources to help plan for emergency situations like hurricanes and flooding, to name just two. You can find it here, or click on the link: http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/doea/disaster.php.
“The Department’s Emergency Coordinating Officer coordinates with the Florida Division of Emergency Management on emergency preparedness issues and post-disaster response. The Department ensures that the Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers have all-hazards Disaster and Continuity of Operations Plans to be implemented during a threat of imminent disaster.
Your safety in a disaster depends heavily on your own actions, and developing a survival plan is the first and most important step.“
The sections on the site include:
Disaster Preparedness Guide for Elders
Be Prepared by Planning Ahead
Disaster Online Library
Useful Links and Information
All very good tools to help create and document your emergency preparedness plan.
Most important now that we are in Hurricane Season …
When You Lose Electricity
If you lose electricity, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Your refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours if it’s unopened. A full freezer will keep an adequate temperature for about 48 hours if the door remains closed.
Once Power is Restored . . .
You’ll need to determine the safety of your food. Here’s how:
- If an appliance thermometer was kept in the freezer, check the temperature when the power comes back on. If the freezer thermometer reads 40°F or below, the food is safe and may be re-frozen.
- If a thermometer has not been kept in the freezer, check each package of food to determine its safety. You can’t rely on appearance or odor. If the food still contains ice crystals or is 40 °F or below, it is safe to re-freeze or cook.
- Refrigerated food should be safe as long as the power was not out for more than four hours and the refrigerator door was kept shut. Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs or leftovers) that has been above 40°F for two hours or more.
Tips for Non-Refrigerated Items
- Check canned goods for damage. Can damage is shown by swelling, leakage, punctures, holes, fractures, extensive deep rusting, or crushing or denting severe enough to prevent normal stacking or opening with a manual, wheel-type can opener. Stickiness on the outside of cans may indicate a leak. Newly purchased cans that appear to be leaking should be returned to the store for a refund or exchange. Otherwise, throw the cans away.
- Don’t store food, such as potatoes and onions, under the sink. Leakage from the pipes can damage the food. Store potatoes and onions in a cool, dry place.
- Keep food away from poisons. Don’t store non-perishable foods near household cleaning products and chemicals.
This article appears on FDA’s Consumer Update page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products.