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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

In Honor of Our Veterans, We Celebrate Veterans Day!

Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for you, our veterans.

This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country's service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on Nov. 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to "Veterans Day" in order to account for all veterans in all wars.

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War, and the 30th anniversary of both the end of the Panama Invasion and the beginning of Desert Shield.

Why is Veterans Day on the same day every year?

When first celebrated as Armistice Day, the day marked the end of World War I, formally recognized on the “11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month” in 1918.

Today we continue to celebrate the day as Veterans Day, still recognizing the original tie with November 11. That means Veterans Day is on the same day every year -- November 11 -- regardless of on which day of the week it falls. When the date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, government officials or businesses may recognize it on both the official day and the following Monday.

We celebrate and honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Veterans contribute to American society in many ways; not just during their time in active duty. Throughout our history, military service members have put on their uniforms to protect the values and liberties that this nation was built on. But that doesn’t stop once the uniform comes off and their time in active duty has ended. Veterans take the lessons they have learned and the experiences they’ve gained and continue their service to our nation by strengthening our communities. They become our nation’s leaders, scientists, entrepreneurs. Veterans are the most active volunteers working to improve communities across our country. Service goes beyond the uniform. This Veteran’s Day, we honor the men and women who have worn their uniform who continue to serve our country.

There are many local Veterans Day ceremonies and parades, as well as many businesses offer free items or services to our Veterans. Check your local news sites or Veterans organizations and charities for more information.

Severns & Howard is doing our 2nd Annual Stock the Pantry event to collect donations for Helping Veterans and Families, Inc. of Indiana (HVAF).  This year we are focusing on food pantry items and warm clothing for the upcoming winter months.  If you are able to donate to our drive please drop off any item listed in the picture attached to our office Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  (10293 N. Meridian Street, Suite 150, Carmel, Indiana 46290)

The attorneys at Severns & Howard, P.C. also specialize and are knowledgeable in VA Aid and Attendance.  One frequently-overlooked benefit that applies to many of our veterans and their spouses is the Aid and Attendance benefit offered by the Veterans Administration (A&A). The A&A program provides cash payments to veterans who served during a period of war or to their single surviving widow(er)s to help cover the costs of home care, assisted living and nursing home services.  Our VA Certified attorneys review financial assets, healthcare needs, and discuss with you how you or your loved one can meet the eligibility requirements for A&A.  Meeting with one of our attorneys to pre-plan for your future needs or at the time of need for a you or a loved one to discuss your options for long term care needs can alleviate stress and worry about how to afford and receive the care you need as you age.  To schedule an appointment with a Severns & Howard attorney to begin these important discussions, please contact our receptionist at (317) 817-0300 to begin the intake process.


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