Memorial Day

Memorial Day
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Memorial Day
Graves at Arlington on Memorial Day.JPG

The gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery are decorated by U.S. flags on Memorial Day weekend.
Official name Memorial Day
Observed by United States
Type National
Observances Remembrance of American war dead
Date Last Monday in May
2015 date May 25
2016 date May 30
2017 date May 29
2018 date May 28

Memorial Day is a federal Holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic , an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

Annual Decoration Days for particular cemeteries are held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountain areas. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors as well as those who were deceased more recently are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles. People gather on the designated day and put flowers on graves and renew contacts with relatives and others. There often is a religious service and a picnic-like “dinner on the grounds,” the traditional term for a potluck meal at a church. It is believed that this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the “memorial day” idea.

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

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Portable Ramps are easy and simple to install


Portable ramps are easy and simple to install.

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Financing… Funding Your Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle

Purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle can be expensive. Finding funding for these purchases can be a challenge, if you don’t know where to look. Fortunately, NMEDA dealers are specially trained to guide you to programs that may apply to you. Below are a few general options to research.

State Agencies

Every state has a Vocational Rehabilitation Program. These are state funded programs that assist disabled individuals to get back into or remain in the workplace. In some cases, they provide funding for vehicle modifications. Check with your mobility equipment dealer to help find local programs and third party funders.

US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

The VA funds mobility equipment for qualifying veterans. For additional information on available benefits, read more on their official site.

Charitable Organizations / Churches

Local organizations might be able to provide financial assistance to help you purchase a new or used wheelchair accessible vehicle, or at least help organize fundraising efforts. Explore your community for local options.

Mobility Rebate Programs

Many vehicle manufacturers (Ford, GM, Toyota, etc.) provide rebates to purchasers of new vehicles that require modifications for disabilities. Before making your purchase inquire with a NMEDA dealer about applicable rebates.

Special Finance Programs

A wide variety of programs are available for financing mobility vehicles including loans with extended terms, leasing packages and more. Please ask your NMEDA dealer for more information about the special programs they offer.


Contact all the people in your life and turn your need for a mobility solution into an outlet for socializing and creativity that can bring your whole community together. Get local news agencies involved by explaining what you’re trying to do and ask if they’d be interested in covering your story. Consider trying an online fundraising site like Help Hope Live or Go Fund Me.

Public Assistance

Depending on your disability and if you have a Social Security coming in, you may be eligible for the PASS program. If you need an accessible vehicle to go to school or your job, they may be able to help you.


There are several different organizations for each disabling ailment that provide information, support and resources to help assist those with specific conditions. For example, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society might help if you have MS or United Cerebral Palsy may be able to help if you have CP. You can also go through organizations like the Jaycees that don’t cover one particular disability but can help you apply for a grant to assist with your mobility needs.

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Senior Living Options

Nearly 44 Million Americans provide unpaid care to an elderly loved one. This puts stress on the sandwich generation, which are those that have elderly parents and children. They are supporting both of these groups emotionally and financially. It is a difficult conversation to have with one’s parents, but it is extremely important that your family has a plan. Many people have other types of plans in place, such as a financial advisor, but not having a plan about mom/dad’s future living arrangements can have a lasting effect on their children’s financial and emotional wellbeing.

The most important first step has nothing to do with moving, but making sure that all of the following documents are in place. Most people will say that I have a will so that I’m covered, but a will is once the person has passed away. I’m more concerned about when you are living. The medical power of attorney, financial power of attorney, and living will and very important documents that allows the person designated on your behalf to adhere to the way you would like a situation to be handled as well as being able to have easier access to financial resources in order to pay for your care. Unfortunately, only 1 out of 3 who are chronically ill have these documents.

80% of Americans say that they want to stay in their home forever, but that may not be possible due to physical and/or cognitive changes. It is important to have a plan in place, so that if the time comes where one has to move then they know what they are going to do. Too many times mom/dad has an event that makes them not able to live alone at home and the family is stressed out because they do not have a plan. The first time mom/dad goes to the hospital due to a fall then that family should start investigating senior living options so that they are prepared. That doesn’t mean that mom/dad has to move due to that occurrence, but at least they have a plan if it happens again.

Senior Living Options:

In-home care- This option does not require mom/dad to move. A caregiver would come to the home to provide medical as well as non-medical care. This may be a good option if mom/dad only needs a 4-6 hours of care a day as it could get expensive. Also, a good option if mom/dad is still getting together with their friends in social settings.

Independent Living- This option does require mom/dad to move. If mom/dad is active and does not require any assistance then this might be a good option. Independent living communities do not provide any type of medical or non-medical care. These communities provide daily social activities such as arts and crafts, bingo, trivia games etc. Physical activities as well are incorporated into the activities calendar. Some independent communities provide meals as well, but it is not a requirement. They may provide up to 3 meals a day.

Assisted Living- This option does require mom/dad to move as well. The reasons to move to an assisted living community is for 24/7 care as well as socialization. If mom/dad requires more than 6-8 hours of care per day then it may be better financially to move. If mom/dad is not socializing with their friends anymore due to isolation or because that many on their friends have passed away then it may be time to make a move.

Socialization can play a large role on keeping mom/dad’s social skills intact, which may improve their cognitive functioning. Assisted living communities provide 24/7 non-medical care, 3 meals per day, snacks, hydration stations, and housekeeping. Care includes assistance with showering, transferring, eating, incontinence, dressing, and medication management. Many assisted living communities have a beauty parlor on site. Activities may include card games, bingo, puzzles, trivia, arts & crafts, music, movies, and exercise.  Many assisted living communities will incorporate the resident’s preferences in their activity schedule. Going to restaurants and shops are on the agenda as well.

Memory Care- 5.4 Million Americans are currently affected by some form of dementia. Memory Care is part of an assisted living community, but in a safe and secure environment. The memory care environment at an assisted living community may play an important role in slowing down the progression of dementia as they implement social and physical activities.

Nursing Care- This option requires mom/dad to move to the facility. This facility handles residents with chronic health issues that require intensive medical care 24/7. Nursing care resident’s usually come from a hospital setting first and then are transferred to the facility for continuation of care.

Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) - This option requires mom/dad to move to the community. The option calls for the most advanced planning and financial commitment. If choosing this option, many couples choose this option early so that they can receive the largest benefit. A CCRC is an independent, assisted living, and nursing community all under the same umbrella located in one location. Clients most likely will need to pay upfront starting at approximately $300,000 for a life care contract. This will enable the community to care for the individual as they progress through the aging process from independent living to nursing care. They will still need to pay a monthly fee as well. Benefit of a CCRC (if one can afford the upfront cost) is that your care is paid for until you pass away. One of the downsides is that the contract is only good at that community. So if your children suddenly move to another state and you would like to be near them then you will void the CCRC agreement.

As you can see, there are many options and every situation is different. One option might be good for you, but a different option might be better for another family member, neighbor, or friend.  More specifically an assisted living community might be a good fit for you, but another community might be a better fit for someone else.

It is important to be proactive when thinking about senior living options. As a certified senior advisor in RVA, I provide a FREE service for families looking for an assisted living community as well as being a resource for all senior living options.

It is always better to be over prepared then not prepared at all!

Marc Friedlander CSA MBA

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A New Innovative Vehicle for your Wheelchair!

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Experience the Ultimate Freedom in Moblity while driving the most Innovative vehicle available today. Introducing the LifeTrike!

“LifeTrike strikes the right balance between comfort and safety to provide riders a thrilling and enjoyable experience. Extend the cabability and range of your power chair or wheelchair to enhance your lifestyle by choosing when and where you’ll travel. The LifeTrike offers an increased level of personal freedom, and is the only affordable, limited mobility preduct on the market today. ”

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5 things you never knew about Veterans Day

5 things you never knew about Veterans Day

By Congressman Randy Forbes

November 7, 2014

Daily, we are surrounded by heroes. There are men and women in our neighborhoods, sitting next to us in our churches, coaching our children’s soccer teams, and standing next to us at the gas station, who have made selfless commitments, faced harrowing situations, and borne the weariness of battle. On Veterans Day, we are once again reminded of the ways in which our freedoms and liberties have been preserved by the dedicated service of the men and women in our Armed Forces.

How much do you know about the history and vision behind Veterans Day? Here are five things you may not have known about this federal holiday.

Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day and its always on November 11th. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, fighting between the Allied nations and Germany ceased with an armistice. Armistice Day, established in 1919, was set aside to honor veterans of World War I. Decades later, Veterans Service Organizations pushed for Congress to replace Armistice with the word Veterans. It wasn’t until 1954 that Veterans Day became a day to honor all Veterans.

When President Woodrow Wilson issued the declaration for the observance, he said the day should “be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”


Veterans Day and Memorial Day are similar, but serve different purposes. Memorial Day honors those individuals in our U.S. Armed Forces who died while serving our nation. Veterans Day honors all of those who have served in our Armed Forces honorably during war or peace, either living or deceased.

The first unknown soldier was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on November 11, 1921. Arlington National Cemetery now holds a Veterans Day National Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier each year on Veterans Day. It begins precisely at 11 a.m. Engraved on the tomb are the words, “Here rests in honored glory an American Soldier Known but to God.”

Americans often wear poppies on Veterans Day. This vibrant red flower is known for thriving on disturbed soil and symbolically represents those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Although poppies are traditionally associated with Memorial Day, many individuals choose to wear poppies on Veterans Day, too, in honor of those who lost their lives in service.

There are over 89,000 veterans living in Virginia’s Fourth Congressional district and nearly 800,000 veterans living in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Our congressional district has one of the highest veterans’ populations in the nation. That’s 89,981  unique reasons we, as citizens of the Fourth District, have to observe Veterans Day.

As you go about your day this Veterans Day, take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices our service members have made for our nation. Fly an American flag. Shake hands with veterans to say thank you. Participate in local parades to honor the living.  Wear poppies to remember the fallen. Talk to your children about how we’re free because of the brave.  Read more about the history of Veterans Day on the Department of Veterans Affairs website. Show our veterans that we are grateful to be surrounded by men and women of such courage.

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NDEAM’s history dates back to 1945, when Congress declared the first week in October each year as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was dropped to acknowledge individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, the federal legislature expanded the week to a month and changed the name to NDEAM. When the department established ODEP in 2001, the agency assumed responsibility for NDEAM.

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Mobility Supercenter gets new service vans!

Mobility Supercenter is excited to have two new service vans on the road. One is for our Richmond, Virginia store and the other is for our Norfolk, Virginia store. Our mobility service experts are trained to service Stairlifts, Vertical Platforms Lifts, Ramps and Ceiling Lifts. Give us a call the next time you need service!


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What are the important differences between buying a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Online verses from Mobility Supercenter?


It is easy to buy a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle online and in a dealership… but after the sale the advantage of buying from a dealership like Mobility Supercenter becomes apparent. Once you take delivery the online dealer may be in another state. We have local factory-trained technicians that have the expertise to properly maintain and repair your vehicle after the sale. There are many complex moving parts in a modern vehicle. You my have questions and our Mobility Consultants are in the store along with our terrific technicians. Regular maintenance is a critical factor in getting a long service life out of your Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. We make sure your vehicle is operating properly when we sell it and if something comes up we are available to service your van and explain its operation. Mechanical adjustments, the greasing of key components and computers that perform specific operations all need a qualified technician when you need service. Our technicians have years of training and offer insight by reviewing personally with you each service performed. The online dealers cannot provide the same level of insight through a phone conversation without the context of looking at the vehicle in person. Our technicians want to build a relationship with you and your vehicle to get the maximum performance from the dollars you have invested.

Fit & Finish

In today’s modern world photos and videos provide lots of information that demonstrate a vehicle however they do have limitations. When comparing one vehicle to another the fit and finish of the vehicle is not always apparent in photos. So it is very hard to compare online through photos. Getting in and out of the vehicle, seeing and feeling the quality of the doors when they open and shut cannot be demonstrated online. The cycle time of the deployment of a ramp is very difficult to compare online from one video to another but can easily be demonstrated in person.

The size of the interior is critical to someone in a wheelchair. You may not be able to see the difference from and online photo but in person you will be able to determine if your wheelchair can turn 360 degrees inside one vehicle and not the other. Also, our consultants make sure the vehicle fits your wheelchair; your custom sizes, your mobility challenges and can help guide you through your options. This can be not only important but also critical to your future safety and satisfaction with the vehicle.

Personal Service

You can talk to any salesperson on the phone but at Mobility Supercenter we want to build a relationship to help guide you through the process of purchasing a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. This is crucial to your long-term satisfaction with the vehicle. Our Mobility Consultants can meet you and demonstrate the clear differences between your choices. They can witness first hand the challenges you face and guide you through the choices of each vehicle. Online pictures will show a ramp but they will not show you that a VMI van will kneel and lower the angle of the ramp to enter the vehicle making it easier for you to enter and exit. Online will not show you that a Hydraulic piece of equipment will last longer and be more reliable than a competitors other design. Our consultants will work hard to do thorough needs analysis to make sure you get exactly the vehicle you need. We pride ourselves on building lifetime relationships because we want you to return to the Mobility Supercenter year after year for all of your mobility needs and we want you to feel part of our extended family.

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Happy 4th of July!

We will be closed the 4th of July!


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