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.

That’s why AARP provides valuable resources to help Veterans make informed decisions in their pursuit of health care, employment, financial assistance and other needs that will empower them to live a fulfilling life.

It zeroes in on four issues when it comes to Veterans:

Family caregiving

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.

Learn about the caregiving resources guide for Veterans, service members and their families.

Fighting fraud

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.

Securing employment

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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Published on Aug. 1, 2022

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5 Comments

  1. Jacob Gottlob August 7, 2022 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    I can’t forget how arp endorsedthe George W Bush pharmacy bill that set a path to raise prices to the obscene price levels they are today.
    I can only thank the VA for the policies that take care of of us vets, but I feel the results of the bill every time I pick up my wife’s prescriptions.

  2. Rich Schroeder August 4, 2022 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Anti-gun liberal organization, shame on VA for promoting them, must get a kickback. Large majority of vets are conservative, NOT WOKE !!!

  3. D.L. Kerr August 4, 2022 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    “….does not NECESSARILY constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government.” REALLY!!! The VA should not be sharing anything from this left-wing political organization!! I’ve been trying to get off their mailing list for years. There are several alternative organizations that support veterans that could have given balance to this article. Mr. Richman, you should know better!

  4. Robert M Carr August 3, 2022 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    AARP is an anti-gun organization. How well do you think that will sit with most armed force veterans? Seniors are now being targeted for attacks by younger stronger thugs. Seniors need to be able to protect themselves and their family with concealed carry of a firearm. USAA beats AARP insurance by almost half.
    ARRP will never see so much as one penny from this senior vet.

    • Vernon Snyder August 4, 2022 at 9:49 am - Reply

      Great points. I just left a comment about what a left-wing extremist organization AARP is and that the VA should NOT be advertising for them. If they’re going to do that they should give equal space for AMAC, the alternative to AARP.

      Thanks for your post

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