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Meaningful Elder Care: Observing POW/MIA Recognition Day

Elder Care in Tempe AZ

The men and women who serve and have served in the armed forces made this country what it is and ensured that everyone who lives in it has the rights, freedoms, and protections that have Elder-Care-Tempe-AZmade it so great. If your aging loved ones dedicated some of their lives to service, making honoring those years and everything they sacrificed part of your elder care plan is a meaningful way to show your respect, love, and appreciation. This is especially true on holidays designed specifically for the purpose of honoring these brave service people.

On September 18, help your seniors honor the men and women who served beside them, and all those who continue to serve and face some of the greatest challenges of combat, by observing POW/MIA Recognition Day. This observance can give them the opportunity to work through difficult emotions that they face related to their own wartime experiences, as well as emotions that they deal with regarding current conflicts. It also gives them a chance to show their continued support and compassion for those who continue the service journey that they made when they were younger.

Some things you should know about POW/MIA Recognition Day include:

• As of 2009 there were 1,741 American military personnel still listed as MIA from Vietnam War, and 841 from the time following the end of that war to the present;

• The official flag of POW/MIA recognition features the silhouette of a young man to symbolize what life is like for those imprisoned or lost far away from home;

• The flag flown on POW/MIA Recognition Day is also flown on other military holidays, including Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Armed Forces Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day. It is seen at the White House, the Capitol, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, government buildings, military installations, and national cemeteries.


Some ways that you can include this observation and other similar observations in your elder care efforts for your aging loved ones include:

• Visit a memorial or cemetery. If you live near one of the major war memorials or a national cemetery, plan a trip for POW/MIA Recognition day. This is a chance to remember those who were imprisoned, who were lost, and who were killed. Many of these locations host events that include music, speakers, and moments of prayer to help people gather and make meaningful observances together;

• Talk to them. These types of observances can be extremely upsetting for seniors who once served. They likely knew people who died, and may know of people who were imprisoned or went MIA. They themselves may have experienced imprisonment. Give them the opportunity to talk about their emotions and work through them openly and honestly so they can find relief and cathartic release;

• Show support. Band with your aging loved ones, their elderly health care services provider, and other members of your family and friends to show support to families of POW/MIA military personnel as well as current service men and women. Contact organizations in your area to find out about letter writing campaigns, care package campaigns, and other ways you can get involved to offer support and love.


If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring elder care services in Tempe, AZ, please contact the caring staff at About You Home Care (480) 427-4840. Servicing Phoenix and the surrounding communities.

Debbie McLay

Founder and CEO at About You Home Care
Debbie McLay has had a ten year career working as a Behavioral Health Technician providing Direct Care to youth and adults with behavioral challenges, including substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence, and mental illness. For her exceptional work in this area Debbie was nominated for Subcontractor Employee of the Year by Value Options, an organization contracted to manage the mental health system in Maricopa County, and her client was nominated for the Most Successful Client of the Year. Debbie’s entrepreneurial endeavors began twelve years ago when she owned a successful retail business in a busy mall.

Debbie experienced firsthand in her own family the challenges that caregiver’s endure when caring for an aging loved one and saw a need for providers who adhere to a higher standard with exceptional service and individualized care that she herself provided in her behavioral health career. Debbie combined her background in healthcare with her entrepreneurial experience and founded About You Home Care with a vision of serving others who were faced with the struggles that her family had experienced. She’s also a strong believer in community service and does volunteer work for Duet, a nonprofit organization that provides aid for older adults and their families that face the difficult challenges associated with aging. Debbie has been on the fundraising event Steering Committee since 2011 and served as the event chair for two of those years.

Debbie did her Undergraduate studies in Psychology and Behavioral Science with Honors and pursued additional education in Chemical Dependency Counseling.