Gallatin will be the new home for a Sumner County business focused on helping veterans afford senior living care across the country.

Patriot Angels, the largest privately held company helping wartime veterans collect their Aid and Attendance Pension in the United States, broke ground on its new 30,000-square-foot headquarters on Harris Lane last week.

Construction is expected to start later this year and will be completed sometime in 2020.

“We have a passion for helping people,” Patriot Angels founder and CEO Suzette Graham said about business. “We have a purpose to make sure that these veterans across the United States get the benefits they deserve and that they earned.”

Since 1818, the federal government has set aside money to help with long-term or in-home care for aging or disabled wartime veterans. Today, soldiers and their spouses who qualify for the assistance can receive up to $2,985 a month towards their senior living care.

Patriot Angels has helped more than 4,000 of its clients get approved to receive the Aid and Attendance benefit since 2012. Those include veterans that served in World War I, World War II and the Korean War.

“Many go without simple things (like) medication they need and a decent living place where they can feel safe,” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said during the groundbreaking ceremony June 26. “Now is an opportunity to show them the gratitude they absolutely deserve.”

Without assistance from the Aid and Attendance benefit, retired Marine staff sergeant and Korean War veteran Ronald York would not be able to afford assisted living at 87-years-old, according to his son Maj. Gen. Daniel York.

“Patriot Angels was a game changer because it allowed my folks to get into a place that they couldn’t get into otherwise,” Daniel York said. “It was a game changer.”

Since starting Patriot Angels in her Hendersonville home seven years ago, Graham said the family-owned business has been forced to relocate to larger office space four times while growing its staff to 40 employees. The company is currently located in 7,000-square-feet of office space at the City Square shopping center in Hendersonville.

The new headquarters is expected to accommodate Patriot Angels’ future growth as Vietnam War veterans begin to apply to receive their Aid and Attendance benefit.

“I’m excited for what we’re doing here,” Graham said. “I’m excited to see more and more veterans across the United States get the benefits that they deserve and that they earned.”

For more information about Patriot Angels contact 844-757-3047 or visit www.patriotangels.com.

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