Foster care has saved countless children and animals from difficult and troubling lives, which is why a new Department of Veteran’s Affairs program now allows people to take veterans into their homes as well. Known as the VA’s Medical Foster Home Program, it’s been given a revamp over the last year to help drawn new participants and garner attention that it failed to generate before.
A Brief Summary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs
The VA is a government-run military veteran benefit system that has been around since 1930. Nearly $90 billion was allocated to the VA in 2009, and that figure has increased over the years. However, such a large sum of money hasn’t allowed the VA to remain protected from controversy. In 2014, at least 40 US Armed Forces veterans died waiting for medical attention at the Phoenix, Arizona Veterans Health Administration facilities. In addition, many veterans have been denied disability compensation despite having sustained legitimate injuries while serving their country. Many lawyers work on VA-related cases to help veterans fight for the benefits they deserve.
Veteran Foster Homes Serve the Community
Though government policies and actions themselves cannot change in the blink of an eye, the VA Medical Foster Home Program provides vets with a safe home, company, and direction, all of which they might have lacked without the empathy and willingness of kind community members.
Wendy Mathis, for example, is a caregiver with the program and started sharing her home with a veteran 14 months ago. As she explained, “I always felt like our veterans should get the very best when they come back from their duty.” Mathis decided to become a foster home for a veteran in order to serve her community. She underwent a rigorous inspection and home safety check before being cleared to house a veteran. As she told reporters, the foster program is excellent for veterans “that are unable to live alone that maybe need someone to give them their medications. There is a lot of personal care assistance, like bathing and dressing.”
Though the government may always have its glitches in trying to care for veterans, it is comforting to know that many people around the country are willing and able to open their homes to our country’s warriors.