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Diet/Exercise Tips

Some tips/advice for eating healthy include:

• aim for at least five servings of colorful vegetables or fruits each day;

• have three servings of low fat milk, cheese, yogurt, or other calcium rich foods;

• make half your grains whole grains;

• know the limits on fat, salt and sugar;

• control calories;

• drink water or other low calorie beverages.

Ways to increase exercise through day-to-day activities include:

• use the stairs instead of the elevator, if possible;

• take a walk (or roll) each day;

• park further away from your destination;

• stretch while watching television;

• move your body every chance you get.

VA National News “Aid and Attendance”Benefit for Veterans and Spouses The VA is informing wartime veterans and/or their surviving spouses about an under-used, special monthly pension benefit called Aid and Attendance, which may be available for those qualifying individuals who have in-home care or who live in nursing homes or assisted-living facilities.

Elderly veterans and surviving spouses whose incomes are above the congressionally mandated legal limit for a VA pension may be eligible for this benefit if they have large, non-reimbursed medical expenses, including nursing home expenses. To qualify, claimants must be incapable of self support and in need of regular personal assistance.

To qualify, the veteran must have served at least 90 days of active military service, one day of which was during a period of war, and be discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. Wartime veterans who entered active duty on or after September 8, 1980 (October 16, 1981 for officers) must have completed at least 24 continuous months of military service or the period for which

they were ordered to active duty.

More information and assistance in applying for this benefit may be obtained by phone at 1-800-827-1000, on the Internet at www.va.gov, or from any local veterans’ service group. Submit online applications at www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp.

Hospital Discharge Times

In order to improve customer service, the VA Central Office has mandated a change in the Veterans Affairs hospitals’ discharge times. As of October 2006, the standard discharge time was changed to 11 a.m. Patients who are unable to meet that discharge time will be offered a “Discharge Appointment,” or “Discharge Slot,” which sets up the time they anticipate they will leave.

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