The Veterans In Care (VIC) outreach program marked a major milestone on July 25, 2018 at Lakeside Manor Senior Living in Reno, Nevada. The ceremony became the 100th VIC ceremony since the outreach program began in the spring of 2016. Since then, the program has reached more than 1,800 veterans living in residential, skilled or assisted care facilities.
The VIC program honors, recognizes and thanks these Nevada veterans. It also connects them to benefits and programs earned through military service. Some may not know they have earned benefits that, in some cases, may greatly enhance their quality of life, as well as their spouse or families.
VIC Administrator Wendy Simons, NDVS Deputy Director of Health & Wellness said, “We are thrilled to celebrate the 100th ceremony. In just a few short years, we have been able to touch the lives of thousands of veterans in hundreds of care facilities.”
She added, “The initiative is an effort to find our ‘silent veteran heroes’ who may reside in community settings and are not enrolled in the VA system or are not aware of benefits and services.”
The VIC program encompasses three related components: education regarding Benefits and Programs; Veteran Culture Education and Training for health care providers who work with veterans; and Quality of Life Recognition and Communication for veteran residents.
For more information on the VIC program, go here: http://veterans.nv.gov/benefits-and-services/veterans-in-care/