November is National Veterans and Military Families Month
Join LTC in Supporting Veterans
Please take some time this month to thank those who have served our countries and the families that support them.
Veterans are an important part of our senior community.
- 13 million veterans are age 55 or older, representing over two-thirds of all veterans.
- The largest single cohort comes from the Baby Boom generation that served during the Vietnam War Era.
- As these Baby Boomers have aged, the percent of veterans reaching senior citizen status has steadily grown over the years.
- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) projects senior veterans (age 65 or older) will make up at least 40 percent of all veterans for the next 25 years.
- Military conscription policies, specifically the end of the draft in 1974, help explain the heavily skewed distribution of veterans.
Veterans of all ages and seniors share many of the same challenges including seeking relevancy, purpose, community, and overall joie de vivre.
Acting on our commitment to support veterans, LTC vetted several organizations, ultimately deciding to connect with and financially contribute to No Barriers: Warriors. This extraordinary program improves the lives of veterans with disabilities through curriculum-based experiences in challenging environments. No Barriers fully embodies the motto: what’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way.
Whether you contribute to No Barriers or another organization, we encourage you to find a way to support those who have sacrificed so much for our enjoyment of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
How No Barriers changed one veteran’s life
Meet Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Gretchen Evans, a decorated veteran who served 27 years in the U.S. Army, including nine deployments overseas. In 2006, Gretchen was badly wounded and deafened by a mortar blast in Afghanistan, forcing her to retire. After connecting with No Barriers, Gretchen slowly regained her motivation to live and lead after the trauma of nearly dying and losing her military career.
Read Gretchen’s story here or check out the CBS Documentary “Courage in Sports” (aired Nov. 4, 2018).