Veteran foster homes help our heroes

By: Alicia Gentile Email
By: Alicia Gentile Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Veterans sacrificed and served our country and now the Grand Valley has the opportunity to give back to our nation's heroes.

Our aging population consists of many veterans and aren't able to live on their own. That is why the VA Medical Center in Grand Junction is looking for Medical Foster Homes for our vets.

Medical Foster Homes are private homes in which a trained caregiver opens up their heart and home to provide a nurturing place for veterans who need a little help living with daily living.

Jean Marie Button's father is a 21 year vet and former army colonel. When her mother passed away, things became more difficult for her father to live alone. And that's when her family decided a Medical Foster Home for Veterans, would be the best place for her dad.

"I thought I knew that I wanted to do the assisted living or that he was going to move into the home with us and be a tight family unit and we explored the different avenues we found out, ya know this was the right fit," said Button.

It's not a new concept, many parts of the U.S. have similar programs in place, but the program coming to the valley is. Melinda Roberts is the Medical Foster Home Coordinator at the VA Medical Center and saw the need for Veteran Foster Homes here in the Grand Valley.

"The Medical Foster Home Program came out of wanting to be another alternative for veterans who are no longer able to live independently in their own homes, but are needing a little bit more assistance," explained Roberts.

The VA Medical Center is looking for anyone and everyone in the community- willing to open up their homes and be able to provide meals to the veterans, take them to doctor's appointments and help them with everyday tasks. VA provides support and medical care for the veteran and the caregiver is compensated by the veteran.

It can be a rewarding job for someone to give back to our veterans who have given so much to our country. Button is happy her dad is in a great place in Texas and encourages the community to look at their options of becoming a foster home here in the valley.

“It's about becoming a foster home for other people because the rewards are mutual,” said Button.

Currently in the area, one veteran is happily placed in a Medical Foster Home in Delta and one home remains available in Rifle.

If you are interested in participating, call the VA Medical Center at 263-2854.

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