Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Operation Protect Veterans

Did you know that 10 percent of Alaskans are veterans, the highest percentage of veterans of any state? Not only that, 14 percent of Alaska's veterans are women, and 7 percent are Alaska Native or American Indian, both also the highest of any state.

That's why AARP Alaska is pleased to announce Operation Protect Veterans to help raise awareness of common scams targeting veterans. OPV is a partnership between AARP and the United States Postal Service. Read more about it here, with statistics and helpful links to resources for protecting veterans against fraud. You can also download a special veterans edition of the popular AARP Fraud Watch Network Watchdog Alert Handbook. The handbook lists nine ways con artists target veterans, along with tips and tricks to fight back.

Nationwide almost 20 percent of people ages 65 and older are Veterans, and 30 percent of Veterans live with disabilities, compared with 14 percent of the non-Veteran population, and 42 percent of men over age 65 are Veterans. The AARP Public Policy Institute, the research arm of AARP, recently published No Wrong Door: Supporting Community Living for Veterans, a paper that describes promising practices on how aging and disability network agencies, Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCs), and Veteran Benefits Offices in seven states have forged partnerships to better support Veterans in community living.

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