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The 1991 Call to Action by Lucy Gwin

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In 1994, the Veterans Administration's Homemaker/Home Health Aide Services, a pilot program, provided attendant services to approximately 1,500 people at an average cost of $6,645 per person.

During that same year, 5,069 veterans or their dependents received services in their own homes and communities through the VA's Hospital-based Home Care Program. The average annual cost was $8,132 per person served.

National average annual cost to taxpayers of providing necessary services to one disabled American veteran in his or her own home: $8,132

National average annual cost to taxpayers of housing one aging and/or disabled American in a nursing home: $40,784