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ST. LOUIS - As veterans if Iraq and Afghanistan enter the already stretched and embattled VA system, we wanted to shine a light on a program for older vets that could make a big difference in their quality of life.

Bonnie Laiderman learned about the Department of Veterans Affairs' Aid & Attendance pension while caring for her mother. She would travel out of state for one week each month to care for her mom who was battling breast cancer.

While researching care options, she learned about the program. Sadly, her mother passed away before she could receive its benefits.

"I was upset there wasn't something that could have given my mom a better quality of life," she said.

Just weeks after her mother passed away, she and her husband started Veterans Home Care, LLC to help qualified wartime veterans or surviving spouse's access this fund.

"I've helped over 8,000 people get this pension successfully and we have 1,500 clients and we are located in offices in 10 states," said Laiderman. "If you have a large amount of assets you will not be qualified. This program is for the indigent and it's to help them age in place…It allows the elderly, these forgotten people who live all by themselves, it gives them an opportunity to live and stay in their home, and that is all they want."

Veterans Home Care

can be reached online or by calling 877-390-6377.

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