EDISON, NJ – United States military veterans attending the JFK Adult Medical Day program in Edison, New Jersey hosted a party in honor of Private 2nd Class Kyle Fredericks earlier this month. 

A resident of Edison, Fredericks recently returned home on leave after completely basic training and was invited to visit with military veterans who attend the Edison-based facility. Fredericks, whose mother is a nurse at the program, will soon be deployed to South Korea for his first official military assignment. 

During the party, JFK veterans showed their support to Private Fredericks, shared their experiences, and offered many words of encouragement. “The atmosphere at the program was really upbeat and extremely emotional that day,” said JFK Recreation Coordinator Gloria Lopez. “A sense of patriotic pride took over the crowd at the JFK Program as patriotic music filled the air and all participants and staff cheered for both Private Fredericks and those military veterans who previously served this country, were in attendance.

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According to Mary Buglio, director of the JFK Adult Medical Day Program, the event provided ‘an opportunity for all to demonstrate appreciation for the sacrifice and service the veterans gave to this country’ as well as ‘boosted the veterans’ morale and prompted a sense of pride for these military veterans.’ 

“Private Fredericks greeted each veteran. He spoke with each one and demonstrated his admiration and respect to all. The JFK veterans were able to share memories and exchange stories. They supported Fredericksin the knowledge that he would soon be leaving his family for an extended amount of time,” said Buglio, adding, “All were pleased to see a young person like Private Fredericks showing such a strong sense of patriotism and choosing to serve his country.

Many local military veterans attend the non-profit community-based JFK Adult Medical Day Program on a regular basis and several receive funding through the Veterans Administration Geriatrics and Extended Care program, which entitles veterans to receive Adult Day Health Care as part of the VHA Standard Medical Benefits Package. 

All enrolled veterans are eligible for the program if they meet the clinical need for service and if the service is available; based on the VA service-connected disability status and financial information a co-pay may apply. To apply, veterans should contact their VA social worker/case manager to complete the Application for Extended Care Benefits (VA Form 10-10 EC).

“Veterans should contact their VA Primary care provider and social worker to let them know that they are interested in attending an adult day care program who is contracted with the Veterans Administration,” said Josephine Andrada, RN, MSN, CCRN, VA Extended Care.

Through the JFK Adult Medical Day Program, military veterans are offered skilled nursing services, case management and assistance with activities of daily living. The program also offers veterans the opportunity to foster friendships to those who are isolated as well as provides nursing services, physical therapy, and assistance from licensed social worker are available. At the JFK Adult Medical Day Program, recreational therapy activities as well as nutritious meals are offered on a daily basis and transportation is provided to and from the Edison center. Additionally, in addition, regular caregiver support group sessions are offered and speakers are sponsored throughout the year to present on various caregiving topics.

“The JFK Adult Medical Day Program has proven to be an excellent alternative for day time respite for the caregiver,” said Buglio. 

The JFK Adult Medical Day Program operates Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Veterans or military family members interested in learning more or looking to tour the program should contact Director Mary Buglioat (908) 912-1910. Additional information is also available online at https://www.jfkmc.org/clinical-services/adult-medical-day-program.