WANTED: VETERANS SEEKING BENEFITS FOR RETIREMENT LIVING!
How often does a veteran, one to whom this country owes so much, see that headline?!
If you or someone you know is a veteran and in need of up to $2,000 a month in living assistance, then there are two men and one amazing facility you should get to know in our Northeast Florida community.
The men, two committed volunteers, are Tom Hanson, a former Navy man, and Gary Marriage.
The facility is The Atrium of Gainesville, with Prem Paul Murrhee as the director of sales & marketing. Together they are making it possible for veterans in our area to live their retirement years in a care-free, all-inclusive environment such as the beautiful Atrium where daily living is taken care of under the conscientious care of dedicated staff. HOW DID THIS SERVICE COME ABOUT!
The Aid & Attendance benefit was part of a veteran benefit enhancement in 2001, but it wasn’t until Prem Paul Murrhee’s dad, retired from the Veterans Administration, introduced him to benefit. Often times deserving veterans were turned away, but with help, they were able to navigate the political waters and receive the benefit they not only earned but are also legally entitled to.
For the past 3 years Prem Paul Murrhee was a one-man show and the application process could be quite cumbersome; however, when Gary and Tom came aboard, as volunteers, the entire process became much more streamlined. They now conduct a monthly benefit talk at the Atrium on the fourth Thursday of each month at 12 noon. (Except for November and December, when it is the third Thursday.) WHY ARE THESE MEN DEDICATED TO HELPING VETERANS?
Tom, a former Navy man, donates his time to deserving veterans and their surviving spouses by conducting the Veteran’s Benefit Talk’s at the Atrium and do help with the actual applications for benefits.
Gary, while trying to help his grandfather secure financial assistance for his years of military service, discovered the remarkable “Aid and Attendance Benefit” after plodding through a VA handbook.
He’d been assured by a VA employee that no further assistance existed, but Gary felt certain there had to be.
Gary was right. With the “Aid and Attendance Benefit” he was able to move his grandfather out of the very expensive nursing home that was draining every nickel of grandfather’s savings and benefits. And, he was able to make sure that his grandmother would not be left penniless and unprovided for if left on her own.
He and Tom are well aware of the unnecessary sorrow and hardships our veterans face and enjoy doing their part to help those who are eligible get assisted living dollars. They also know how frustrating the entire process can be. As General Patton said, “When you’re going through hell, keep going.” ONLY 10% OF THE ELIGIBLE VETERANS ARE RECEIVING THIS BENEFIT!
Henry Hugh Shelton, General, United States Army [Ret.], the 14th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
having served under Presidents Bush and Clinton has partnered with Holiday Retirement and the Atrium on behalf of qualifying veterans to help get the word out. He urges veterans, and their surviving spouses, to seek out benefits that they are legally entitled to . There are an estimated 2 million eligible veterans and surviving spouses nationwide and only about 200,000 are currently receiving benefits. Locally, Gary, Tom and the Atrium are taking General Shelton’s lead and helping veterans, and their surviving spouses, earn the benefits they earned through their service. TELL ME ABOUT THE ATRIUM, A HOLIDAY RETIREMENT FACILITY
Holiday Retirement is the oldest and largest retirement company in the United States with 313 locations, more than 35,000 residents, and growing every day. The Atrium has more than 200 apartments ranging from 400 to 1600 square feet, all well equipped with full kitchens like dishwasher, stove, oven, fridge and freezer. The Atrium provides three delicious chef-prepared meals served daily; weekly housekeeping; utilities; transportation; 24/7 emergency service; and, free room and board at other Holiday Retirement Communities across the United States and Canada. The Atrium offers all this on a month-to-month basis with no buy-in fees. Also available Atrium beauty shop, Wise’s Drugstore & Pharmacy, and Innovative Senior care featuring rehabilitation and health care services on site as needed. As General Hugh Shelton said it best, when you choose Holiday “you’ll be living the retirement you’ve earned as a defender of freedom.” GET IN TOUCH WITH PREM PAUL MURRHEE AT THE ATRIUM
The Atrium is located at 2431 NW 41st ST across from Thornebrooke shopping village and Veterans, or their surviving spouses, who are curious about their eligibility can attend monthly benefit talks on the fourth Thursday of every month at 12 Noon (Except for November and December, when it is the third Thursday) by contacting Prem Paul Murrhee at 352.378.0773.
Gary Marriage, Tom Hanson and Prem Paul Murrhee are three community-minded people serving the Gainesville area and beyond….because our veterans deserve the best this country has to offer.
As this writer likes to say, “Whenever two or three are gathered together on a mission, we regularly hear, “It’s a miracle!”
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