Valuable Lessons from Our Veterans

senior veteran men talking while standing in front of the United States flag

As we approach the Veterans Day holiday, observed annually on November 11, let us be mindful of how we can show our thanks and appreciation to the military veterans who served in the armed forces to protect our country.  Veterans in general, but especially senior veterans, offer so much value beyond heroic service and personal sacrifices they made for our country. Their stories offer perspective, their demeanors teach us respect, and their service and duty demonstrate what it means to be an honorable American sacrificing much, for the good of many.

Whether they fought in World War II, the Vietnam or Korean War, served domestically or in the reserves, our veteran family members and friends can teach us lifelong lessons, if we simply provide them with the opportunity.   

However, as we age, our health status can decline, our financial resources may diminish and we can become isolated from our families, friends and others.  Sadly, this is often no different for our veterans. It’s just one more reason why senior service members shouldn’t go unnoticed or unappreciated, especially on or around Veterans Day.

One way our Willowood at Mustang team honors and supports our veteran residents throughout the year is through regular meetings of our veterans’ groups, which provide a social and emotional outlet for these residents with military backgrounds. We also host events, so our veteran residents can get together to share their experiences and bond with fellow service members.

In addition, Willowood at Mustang actively encourages veterans and surviving spouses to apply for the Veterans Administration’s Aid and Attendance Benefits*, to significantly offset the cost of monthly rent for our assisted living and memory care services. We also strive to maintain ties with local veterans’ organizations, so residents have a chance to give back to veterans in the community.

Our residents who have served in the U.S. military are in good company at Willowood at Mustang. Since our community is located near Oklahoma City, veterans have quick access to the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System for appointments and treatment. Nearby Fort Sill Army Base in Comanche County and Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma County also host VA clinics. This Veteran’s Day, our team members here at Willowood will be thanking our veteran residents in numerous ways, from sitting down and listening to their stories, to decorating our hallways with American flags, to inviting residents’ families to celebrate their loved ones’ time in service. Happy Veterans Day!

Are you or someone you know a U.S. military veteran in search of a senior living community that honors your service every day? Visit the Willowood at Mustang Website to find out more about what our community offers veterans like you.

*Please note that Willowood at Mustang cannot determine eligibility for Veterans’ Benefits; only the Veterans Administration can determine an applicant’s eligibility.

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