Six million AARP members are people who have served in the U.S. military. And, many of the issues AARP focuses on for people 55 and older intersect with the critical needs of Veterans and their families, as nearly two-thirds of all Veterans are over the age of 55.
It zeroes in on four issues when it comes to Veterans:
One of the most important documents that AARP publishes is its Military Caregiving Guide. The 42-page document includes information, a glossary of terms, resources and checklists to help Veterans, service members and their families find the caregiving support that they may need.
AARP has learned through research that Veterans and military families lose money to scam artists almost 40 percent more often than non-Veterans. AARP launched a new digital online platform to help Veterans and military families guard against scams and fraud. It’s called the Veterans Fraud Center, which provides protection through resources like the Fraud Watch Network and Operation to Protect Veterans.
Some 60 percent of Veterans and nearly 70 percent of military spouses report that they are undervalued in the workplace and not fully using their education or work experience. AARP provides free tools to allow Veterans and their spouses improve their job search and gain a more fulfilling career. It starts with its Veteran & Military Spouse Job Center, which features resources that offer an edge in the job search. The center provides free tools, including a resume builder and online courses in which participants will earn a certificate at the end that they can use to strengthen their resume.
Veterans can also go to the “Veterans Wanted” button on the AARP Job Board. As long as Veterans upload their resume and check the box that indicates they are a Veteran, the internet will automatically connect that resume to Veteran-friendly employers who specifically want to hire Veterans. It’s that simple.
Benefits and discounts
Veterans, service members and their families are eligible for discounts on AARP membership, travel, apparel and retail, car and auto service, dining, entertainment, health and fitness, and much more.
Check out AARP’s web page devoted solely to Veterans, service members and their families.
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By Mike Richman
Senior writer, VA's Office of Research and Development
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