DAV Charitable Service Trust Awards Grants for Care of Elderly Veterans

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Monday, 13 May 2002

The Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust is helping programs in Missouri, Massachusetts, Vermont, Illinois, and Colorado to care for sick and aging veterans who are patients in nursing homes by providing much needed financial support.

"DAV's Charitable Service Trust is eager to help our sick and elderly veterans who honorably served our nation and the defense of liberty," said Chairman Richard E. Marbes. "We are doing all we can to help make their lives as comfortable and fruitful as possible."

The Charitable Service Trust awarded a $37,000 grant to the Missouri State Veterans Home in Mexico, Mo., to help purchase much-needed medical equipment and to aid veterans residing in the facility. The funds will be used to purchase upright shower chairs, an EKG machine, a wheelchair recliner, and other equipment not funded through the state budget. The 150-bed skilled nursing facility offers extensive therapeutic care for its residents.

"We truly appreciate the generous donation for the medical equipment," said Missouri State Veterans Home Volunteer Services Supervisor Susan Paden. "I want to thank the DAV Charitable Service Trust for the grant donated to the facility."

The Trust made a $20,000 grant to the Veteran Hospice Homestead, Inc., in Fitchburg, Mass., to help care for terminally ill, homeless, and elderly veterans at the 15-bed transitional living facility. Most of the veterans cared for at the facility have few options for health care. The Charitable Service Trust grant will help provide dignity during the final stages of life for the men and women who proudly served our nation.

The Vermont State Veterans Home in Bennington, Vt., received a $12,000 Charitable Service Trust grant to support a therapeutic arts program for dementia residents. The funds will be used to improve the quality of life of veterans suffering from Alzheimer's disease and related dementias by providing a high quality expressive arts therapy program in partnership with the Vermont Arts Exchange. It is estimated the program will assist 124 patients annually and may become a model that can be used by veterans homes and dementia units throughout New England and across the country.

A Trust grant of $11,400 was made to the Colorado State Veterans Home to purchase medical equipment and provide long-term, 24-hour health care at the 100-bed nursing facility in Rifle, Colo. The funds will be used to purchase blood pressure monitoring and pulse machines, a hydraulic patient lifter, and resistive exercisers to meet the health care needs of resident veterans.

The Charitable Service Trust awarded a $4,632 grant to the Mt. Vernon Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon, Mo., to purchasing standing and raising aid equipment that will meet the mobility and safety needs of veterans residing at the 103-bed facility, which will soon be expanded to 200 beds. The equipment will provide for the care, support, and rehabilitation of veteran residents and will guard the safety and well-being of both the veteran residents and caregivers.

A grant of nearly $2,000 was made to the VA Medical Center in Marion, Ill., to help purchase special beds for the long-term care of veteran patients suffering from dementia, stroke, or those who experienced multiple falls. Medical center officials estimated that 90% of the long-term veteran patients are considered at risk for suffering from conditions that could cause them to fall from regular hospital beds. The new beds can be lowered to close to the floor to allow easy egress from the veterans.

"The DAV Charitable Service Trust is proud to support these outstanding programs which are of such great benefit to sick and elderly veterans," Mr. Marbes said. "The DAV's spirit and legacy of veterans helping veterans is fulfilled each day thanks to the generosity of those who contribute to the DAV Charitable Service Trust through workplace campaigns, including the Combined Federal Campaign and the United Way."

The million-member Disabled American Veterans, a non-profit organization founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932, represents this nation's disabled veterans. It is dedicated to a single purpose: building better lives for our nation's disabled veterans and their families.

For more information, or to contact Disabled American Veterans (DAV), see their website at: www.dav.org

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