According to the latest Census projections, there are over 9 million veterans in the United States over the age of 65. Just as for those non-military connected older adults with limited incomes and resources, benefits—both military and civilian—can be a vital economic boost for older veterans who are struggling to meet their basic needs.
Yet many veterans may be unfamiliar with the landscape of non-military related benefits, and many aging and disability counselors may be unfamiliar with the network of veteran benefits.
Join us for this webinar on June 25 where you’ll learn about:
- The three branches of the Veterans Administration (VA), what they do, and what benefits are connected to each branch
- Promising strategies at the national and local level to screen and connect aging veterans to benefits and other supports
- Antoinette Rivera currently serves as a Program Analyst for the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), and is the Program Manager for the VBA’s Elderly Veteran Outreach Program. Antoinette spent 11 years in the Active Duty Army as a Combat Medic, Nurse, and a critical care nurse instructor serving military members and their families in the United States and abroad. She was also a critical care, labor and delivery, and an inpatient psychiatry and addiction nurse with NurseFinders in Northern Virginia.
- Craig Zaroff is a Program Analyst for the VBA, with a major focus on casualty assistance for survivors of service members who die on active duty. Craig has been with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for over 36 years. The first 31 years were at the VA Regional Office and Insurance Center in Philadelphia, most of the time in the Insurance Center.
- Jennifer Morgan is the Aging and Disability Coordinator at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. For the past five years she has been the Program Manager for COVER to COVER – a model that helps educate community based organizations in VA benefits and builds relationships with local VA partners to better serve Veteran clients. She has worked closely with VHA Office of Rural Health and the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center to develop and disseminate the model.
- Deborah M. Crowther has worked in a professional capacity with the older adult population and their caregivers for the past 30 years, including 27 years with the Bear River Area Agency on Aging in Logan, Utah. Currently her assignments include being a case manager for the Veterans Self Directed Program, Long Term Care Ombudsman, State Health Insurance Information Program Counselor and Benefits Enrollment Center Specialist. Deborah is a certified Veterans Service Officer and was a part of the COVER to COVER program to connect older veterans to community and Veteran benefits.