Introducing myself: Toni Mercaldi

Life often directs our passions via various avenues of our lives. Sometimes, one may find themselves unable to pin point where exactly it all began. I know for myself, it has usually be in the most difficult moments. In those moments, I have found my strengths; and in those lessons, I have found my passions- or should I say they found me. So, WHO AM I??

My name is Toni Mercaldi. I recently gained the title of editor with The Teddy Bear Foundation. I am a mother of 3, a photographer by profession, and a humanitarian by passion. One of my biggest passions is community development. I truly believe we are all in this life together and it is the responsibility of the community to care for its members in need. I feel by utilizing a hands-up approach; communities can guide one another into life’s battles with an army by their side.

I am so excited to be part of such an incredible team and cannot wait to watch this organization grow and thrive. We have the capabilities of changing lives- and we completely intend on fulfilling those. We have HUGE plans to begin the process of bringing solutions to the forefront of the housing crisis. I cannot wait to share these projects with y’all!!

Until next time-

Toni Mercaldi

IG handle: shesaysinspireme

Providing Homes for Veterans

Artist houses, green buildings, and different ways towns and nonprofits are providing homes for veterans.

Walk into the downtown of any major U.S. city now, and it may appear counterintuitive, in the middle of today’s building rush, that we have a housing deficit. In fact, we’re in the heart of an affordability crunch. According to the Urban Institute, for each 100 remarkably low-income families inadequacy of an affordable flat is common.

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World War II Veterans

Benefits That WW2 Veterans Are Entitled To

Around 16 million American military personnel served in World War II, and many of the Veterans are now receiving VA benefits i.e. Pension and Health Care. According to an estimate, there are still more than 1.7 million WWII veterans living in the United States or abroad. With the continuing age and increasing needs, many have to turn to veterans’ benefits for assistance.

US Veterans are entitled to a number of benefits including health care, disability compensation, pension, home loans, education and training, insurance, rehabilitation, employment, and burial. Following details provide information about the VA benefits for which World War II veterans may entitle for.

Home Care for World War II Veterans

WWII veterans with persisting illnesses and physical difficulties wanting to remain at home may entitle for home care. This includes aid in daily living activities like bathing, dressing, feeding, toilet use and transferring including household jobs i.e. meal preparations and chores. Also when home health care is needed, it is usually provided by licensed health care professionals.

 Assisted Living

One of the much better options for WWII veterans is an Assisted Living Facility (ALF). ALFs offer an all in all protected environment with round the clock supervision and aid with the day to day living activities. ALF residents also take part in various recreational and social programs.

World War II Veterans’ Skilled Nursing Care

World War II veterans with chronic illnesses are also entitled to get long-term medical care at the skilled nursing facility (SNF). The SNF staff includes licensed medical personnel as well as aids for medico-personal care. SNF offers personal care, 24-hour supervision as well as medical assistance including meals, recreational and social activities.

VA World War II Benefits

Eligibility for entitlement for these services is usually based on the veteran’s in-service disability status. An in-service disability is occurring from active military service. Another requirement for the entitlement of VA health care benefits includes having a genuine clinical need for the service. In addition to health and medical benefits, the VA provides pensions to low-income veterans aged 65 or older, permanently disabled, or living in a nursing homes or receiving Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income.

In order to qualify for VA pension, WWII veterans must have served for a period of at least 90 days of active duty including an honorable discharge in that case or other than dishonorable discharge in such case.

Aid & Attendance Pension for WWII Veterans

WWII veterans, their spouses (including surviving spouses) who seek assistance for performing daily living activities like bathing, dressing and transferring may also qualify for an enhanced pension known as Aid & Attendance. The Aid & Attendance pension is a tax-free compensation for home care, adult day care, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities which pay around three thousand dollars a month. It is a long term benefit that helps cover lifetime care.

How To Apply

In general, Service members, Veterans, and their families may apply for VA benefits using the below-mentioned methods:

  • Online application using eBenefits, or
  • Go to a regional VA office and get a VA employee’s assistance in this process.

Opioid Overdose Crisis


According to a recent report by “The Guardian” opioid overdose increased by one- third across the US in 14 months. It is affecting all the age groups and gender. The most rising opioid overdose epidemic is an alarm. The false use of opioid, illicit use of prescription opioid overdose killed nearly 64000 people. The misuse of the intravenous opioids is the reason of many infection and diseases. There are many health reasons degrading day by day with the use of opioids. These drugs are mostly pain relievers, heroin, etc.

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Conference to Examine Veterans Treatment

HUNTSVILLE Veteran events

At the University of Alabama in Huntsville’s Office which is of Diversity and multicultural affairs, University of Alabama school of cultural work, and U.S. Department of Veterans events will bestow a conference Feb. 9 to present Veterans Treatment Courts and their positive impact on making communities protected and assisting veterans to reintegrate into society.

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Feeding Homeless Veterans

The “Teddy Bear Foundation” is a non-profit organization dedicated to the sole purpose of caring for homeless veterans. We accomplish this by donations and working with programs that help provide meals, clothing, and ultimately the transition for many Veterans to full-time employment and life from the streets. The first thing you’re going to require if you plan, feeding homeless veterans is, the food, wouldn’t it be nice if there were plans to get it at no cost to you?

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