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  • Seated White man providing care to a seated White man in a chair with a walker in front of him.
    A physician examines an elderly patient, ca. late 20th century

    A Public Health Service physician examines an elderly patient in a home setting, ca. late 20th century

    Courtesy National Library of Medicine

    The United States confronts problems of accessibility and quality of health care for military veterans, the disabled, and the elderly. Citizen groups continue to demand our attention to these challenges.

  • 6 White people sit and stand in a street holding hands, one person is in a wheelchair.
    Protestors against home care cuts, 2012

    Fifteen protesters, including three in wheelchairs, were arrested during an action against state cuts to home care services, Chicago, 2012

    Courtesy Service Employees International Union

    Between 2000 and 2030, it is estimated that the population of people over 65 in the United States will double, reaching 72.1 million. The number of people needing long term and home care services will also increase. Citizen groups, including seniors, the disabled, and home care providers, are organizing to ensure adequate support and funding for the needs of elderly and disabled people.

  • Man holds up arm with 'U.S. Army' tattooed on it, at a forum.
    Veteran Mark Howey at a forum, 2014

    Veteran Mark Howey participates in a public forum on the Veterans Affairs hospital crisis, Phoenix, AZ, May 9, 2014

    Courtesy Laura Segall/Getty Images

    As the numbers of U.S. war veterans requiring health care grew in the 2000s, the nation confronted a crisis in the veterans’ hospital and health systems. Veterans, their families, and supporters have organized to demand high quality medical care for all who have served.