Veterans report being the target of fraud attempts more than civilians do, according to a 2021 AARP survey — and they are also more likely to lose money in scams.
A new effort by AARP South Carolina is designed to help veterans find the benefits and services they need. Initial efforts will be in the Columbia, Sumter and Myrtle Beach areas.
Donnell Baker, 79, understands the need for family to stay close when a loved one is admitted to a veterans hospital. Thirteen years ago, her now-late husband, Army veteran and Medal of Honor recipient John F. Baker Jr., needed a medical procedure in Charleston. When he developed complications, she had to stay overnight at a hotel.
AARP South Carolina wants to ensure the state’s 354,669 veterans and their families are aware of all the resources that are available to them.
During the pandemic, AARP South Carolina has adapted its outreach to its 180,000 older vets with drive-through Stand Downs and the Virtual Veterans Brigade. The program shares information and free AARP resources to support veterans in the areas of caregiving, avoiding fraud, transitioning to jobs, and connecting vets and military families to benefits.
DUE TO FLOODING AND OTHER CONCERNS, STAND DOWN HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 AT THE SAME LOCATION AND TIME. ANY OTHER UPDATES WILL SHARED HERE ON ON THE MBSD FACEBOOK PAGE.
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