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Veterans get a hand up with medical foster care

There are 29 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jan 30, 2010, titled Veterans get a hand up with medical foster care. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Until last October, Moinir Marzouk and Fred Gaertner had little in common. The former is a 53-year-old Egyptian whose limited English made it difficult to gain licensure as a physical therapist.

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taxtaxtax

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Jan 31, 2010
REAL journalism showing what's right in America.
Phil

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Jan 31, 2010
A big thank you to Moinir Marzouk and Sohair Youssef, for opening their homes and hearts.

Anyone who does fostering knows this is a 24-hr/day commitment, and not everyone can handle that. THANK YOU to those who do.
IrreverentOne

Bloomfield, CT

#3 Jan 31, 2010
This program seems so much better than being stuck in a nursing home and left to rot. These people are role models for anyone who believes that the men and women who served our country deserve better than what the country has returned for their service. Veterans of all kinds deserve everything the country can give them. If not for their service this country wouldn't be as great as it is.
steve9001

El Cajon, CA

#4 Jan 31, 2010
The VA is the model for what american health covrage should be. Cut out the middlemen (insurance companies) and use all the money for care!
Jen

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Jan 31, 2010
What a wonderful idea! I wish I could help out with this program, but it's awesome it's around. I hope the program finds a lot of people who can open their homes to vets. These folks deserve it.
wow

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Jan 31, 2010
Thank you. Such an amazing & wonderful story. It's a treasure to see the dedication of so many to our Veterans. How does one help, where does one start...I want to be a part of changing the future for Veterans and aging people. Great work to the Veterans Affairs!
old veteran

Fargo, ND

#7 Jan 31, 2010
I'm not so sure about this idea. Some foreigners come in, get jobs at target and to earn more money they were given permission to foster kids, when they can't even speak english? So they find a new way to bilk the government for a paycheck. The VA. Wow. What a bunch of crap.
live strong

Burnsville, MN

#8 Jan 31, 2010
From what I know the caregivers, in MN, are high quality, trained, experienced, full citizens with background checks. I'd assume in midwest region of the US they are mostly caucasian. Eitherway, it's not very appropriate to judge people based on their "culture". One can really miss the beauty within if they only look at the "outside". The idea that this program seems to be growing nationwide must mean that Veterans are interested and enjoying it or they'd not be moving in. Sounds like they have a voluntary choice & are loving it.

Since: Jan 09

United States of America

#9 Jan 31, 2010
old veteran wrote:
I'm not so sure about this idea. Some foreigners come in, get jobs at target and to earn more money they were given permission to foster kids, when they can't even speak english? So they find a new way to bilk the government for a paycheck. The VA. Wow. What a bunch of crap.
Were your parents or grandparents foreigners? Were your ancestors here from the beginning of time? Tell us how you bilk the government? Have you ever lied on your tax return?

“it takes a lot to laugh”

Since: Oct 09

St Paul

#10 Jan 31, 2010
old veteran wrote:
I'm not so sure about this idea. Some foreigners come in, get jobs at target and to earn more money they were given permission to foster kids, when they can't even speak english? So they find a new way to bilk the government for a paycheck. The VA. Wow. What a bunch of crap.
Only 7 posts before somebody rips on a program that helps one of our nations heros. Thank you Mr. Gaertner for your service and thanks to Moinir Marzouk and his wife, Sohair, for opening their home to him and assisting him.
old veteran

Fargo, ND

#11 Jan 31, 2010
Listen mr golf guy I know how the VA operates. Excuse my post about foriegners, sorry you are not up to speed. The Veterans Administration is the largest department in the United States of America, second to the United States Department of Defense which by far takes out the biggest piece of pie. I have been involved with some veterans programs, and I know first hand that institutions that are given VA grants often abuse the system.One for example is the HART project in Fargo ND. The VA basically funded a halfway house for North Dakota felons on VA money. The veterans were to be kept separate, but then the CENTRE INC decided that they were going to treat all homeless veterans as if they were criminals.You are not up to speed, and if you can't see a grab out by this article.Them people that can't speak english and work at target looking for eazy money from the fed, then you better go back to the farm. I work at walmart. but I am white US Army regular infantry. You think I can ask the va for 3000 a monthe to take of an old drunk lol. get real
old veteran

Fargo, ND

#12 Jan 31, 2010
rockin john open your home, see if you can get a paycheck for taking care of some old fart. sounds like the va is farming out like they usually do. you have no clue what the va is. oops your not a foriegner. sorry
inspired

Burnsville, MN

#14 Jan 31, 2010
I did once read a book called Best Care Anywhare on the VA health care system. It was facinating. The book directly compared the VA system to community care via some very strict standards. The outcomes of care & proactive nature were far more superior. I was impressed by the data. The VA helps those who others may turn away.

Veterans signed the dotted line. Any Veteran could end up on the front line & never returned...or come back with life long disabilities. I've known many Veterans through my volunteering & Veterans orgs. They all tell me their care is above average in every way. That is a bottom line that says it all to me.

No nothing will ever be 100 perfect. Impossible. BUT, Kudo's to the VA for continuing to prepare for the growing aging population. And, it's great to see the entire community standing strong to be this care option. I know when I get older I'd love to be in such a community setting like a foster home.
old veteran

Fargo, ND

#15 Jan 31, 2010
Yes inspired I get free health care because I am a veteran. the other 98% of United States citizens are not entitled. Percentage wise the US government spends alot of money on us veterans. For that I am thankfull. The rest of you don't deserve free medical care, so don't beg for it lol.
WSP

South Saint Paul, MN

#16 Jan 31, 2010
I'm not going to canonize the couple or anything- it is a job and they are getting paid to do it.

BUT I think it is an excellent way to take care of veterans when a nursing home isn't appropriate. Between paying the couple, the home health nurse, the medical benefits, it can't be a cheap option. But it's an option that sounds much more humane.
old veteran

Fargo, ND

#17 Jan 31, 2010
And to give people the same medical benifits that we get would be un real. You have no right to a free ride, but we signed our lives over to GI Joe, and suffered harshly for our country in uniform. No hand outs. You haven't earned your blood, sweat and tears, oh no this is not give to the poor society waiting for a miracle.. Free country, your on your own, make it or break it, not my problem buddy

“it takes a lot to laugh”

Since: Oct 09

St Paul

#19 Jan 31, 2010
old veteran wrote:
rockin john open your home, see if you can get a paycheck for taking care of some old fart. sounds like the va is farming out like they usually do. you have no clue what the va is. oops your not a foriegner. sorry
I worked with VA benefits until my retirement and I continue to be a veterans advocate. I don't what your axe you have to grind with the VA, but the office I worked with served Minnesota veterans with the emphasis on granting benefits whenever possible.

Since: Jan 09

United States of America

#20 Jan 31, 2010
old veteran wrote:
Listen mr golf guy I know how the VA operates. Excuse my post about foriegners, sorry you are not up to speed. The Veterans Administration is the largest department in the United States of America, second to the United States Department of Defense which by far takes out the biggest piece of pie. I have been involved with some veterans programs, and I know first hand that institutions that are given VA grants often abuse the system.One for example is the HART project in Fargo ND. The VA basically funded a halfway house for North Dakota felons on VA money. The veterans were to be kept separate, but then the CENTRE INC decided that they were going to treat all homeless veterans as if they were criminals.You are not up to speed, and if you can't see a grab out by this article.Them people that can't speak english and work at target looking for eazy money from the fed, then you better go back to the farm. I work at walmart. but I am white US Army regular infantry. You think I can ask the va for 3000 a monthe to take of an old drunk lol. get real
To quote you," Them people that can't speak english, and work at target looking for eazy money", wow, I see you have a command of the English language. Keep up the good work at Walmart, while cutting on Target workers. Good one.
old veteran

Fargo, ND

#21 Jan 31, 2010
Is that all you can say golf guy?. You misinterpet the whole message. I can spell, read and write english.Did you read the whole article, and why it makes some of us veterans pissed off. Like I said before, and I will say it again, you are missing the big picture, but I am sure you never had a hardship duty in the military, and you have no concept of what it means
WBL

Saint Paul, MN

#23 Jan 31, 2010
Old Veteran, from your spelling and use of "kid-speak", I kinda wonder how "old" you really are? Or are you just bored, and trying to inflame everyone with your posts? It's a wonderful story, with wonderful people helping out... I know some folks who have dedicated their lives to Adult Foster Care, be it some with older folks with Mental Retardation, or those that honor our Vets.. Please, just be happy that there are people willing to help out with those that need it...

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