Active Adult Living Del Webb Communities

Thanks to Volunteers

There are so many things to do at our Active Adult Community and it takes a huge effort to carry out the many activities, events, social, organizations, committees, and things that need to be done.  Del Webb has done a wonderful job giving us structure on how to set things up, but it’s up to the residents and the limited HOA staff to get them done.

Many residents of Active Adult Communities volunteer outside the community, at hospitals, schools, churches, food banks, child services and many more places. There is even more residents volunteering right here in our community, to make things work for all of us.

On our 55+ community website, resident Phillis Mercer has posted this message in the discussion group, which gives you an idea of how important volunteering is to our community.

Thanks for the Volunteers

THANKS to all Merissa’s HELPERS who volunteered to serve food and help with clean-up at Italian night.  It was a lovely event with good food and wonderful entertainment, made possible with the assistance from volunteers.

Also, a special thanks to ALL those who VOLUNTEER in any capacity to make our community a great place to live—those who serve in a formal role on Committees and on the Board as well as those who serve more behind the scenes and whose names we may not know – for example, those who help to put on social events, those who put RFID stickers on cars,  those who cleaned out and rearranged the basement in preparation for the Terrace level build out, those who unpacked furniture and assisted with the set-up in the finished terrace level, those who built a display board for resident’s artwork and those who manage our library.

A special thanks to all the volunteers who work in a positive and cooperative manner helping us maintain the quality of life that we want in the place we call home.

Volunteering is an Activity

I have written before numerous times about how important activities are in retirement to keep you active, gain a passion, make new friends and give meaning to your life.

The residents who volunteer to make these activities happen seem to be the ones getting the most out of being active and participation in these activities.

Volunteering in the Community is Rewarding

It does take a meaningful effort and commitment to volunteer, but you get more out of it in return. Just as the teacher learns, the volunteer gets to learn many things by doing. People know who you are and respect you for helping them experience the active adult lifestyle.

Volunteer Opportunities

When you move in and are new, take some time to try out all the activities you can. Over time, you will naturally move towards those activities that you are most interested in, that give you the most fun and enjoyment.

Opportunities will open up for you to help out in those same favorite activities of yours. When it does, step forward and volunteer to help make our community the great place it is to live. You will be rewarded for your efforts.

Besides activities, volunteers run our committees. See the front desk for a Committee Volunteer Application.

Below is our friend Mary Lou in her role as “The Easter Bunny” this year.   Also a couple more photos of other volunteers!

Mary Lou as The Easter Bunny
Mary Lou as The Easter Bunny
Culinary Club
Culinary Club volunteers
Volunteers at Ice Cream Social
Pat and Stan, Volunteers at Ice Cream Social
Active Adult Living Retirement

Veterans Benefits

Veterans Benefits are not taken by many US veterans who need and who qualify for them.

We have a large Veterans group here at Village at Deaton Creek, a Del Webb community in North Georgia.  I attended the Veterans Day Ceremony last year and have learned we have hundreds of fellow veterans living in our community. I suspect most Active Adult Communities also have many veterans, as those of us now in retirement are of the age to be Korea and Vietnam era veterans.

Georgia Department of Veterans Service
Georgia Department of Veterans Service

I was informed recently by Captain Ron and Neil from our Veterans Group about veterans benefits.  I went to the Gainesville office of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service and found them helpful. The stipulation was that I inform other veterans of these benefits.



I now have a Veterans drivers license and a Veterans tag. I made a claim for Tinnitus, a ringing in the ears condition that has been bothering me for some time. A few months ago, I wrote about how sensitive my ears have been and getting acoustic ear plugs to help.

Veterans Drivers License
Veterans Drivers License
Georgia Vet Plate
Georgia Vet Plate

Veterans Benefits

There are too many veterans benefits for me to cover in this post, but I have a recommendation below of how to find out which benefits are available to you. It’s worth your time.  You and your spouse may qualify for long term care benefits through the VA. That’s a big one.

Why Veterans Do Not Apply for Veterans Benefits

Many Veterans are reluctant to apply for available benefits for many reasons including:
1) They do not know about the benefits they have earned. I would highly recommend to any veterans to visit their state’s Department of Veterans Services.  They are not the VA but are there to assist you in finding out about your benefits. I found them to be extremely helpful. Just take your form DD214 and get to their office early.  It is not bad and you will be glad you went.

The Georgia Department of Veterans Service is an agency of state government created for the purpose of advising, counseling, and assisting Georgia’s veterans and their families in receiving their rightful benefits under the vast and complex framework of veterans’ laws.

You can search google for your state’s Department of Veterans Services. They are easy to find.  Here are some popular states: California department of veterans affairs, Florida department of veterans affairs, Arizona department of veterans’ services. Each state has one.

2) They do not want the hassle of filling out all of the paperwork and chances of getting turned down. I would again refer you to your state’s Department of Veterans Service. They pretty much fill the applications out for you. They are in your corner, advocating for you.

3) They do not want a handout or government assistance. Veterans if you were active duty, then you qualify. If you were drafted for two years like I was, you qualify. This is not a handout. Many veterans are suffering ailments that are now just showing up that were service related, now that we are in our 60’s and beyond. Many veteran benefits are not service related but are there because you did your service to the country.

Captain Ron in his email to me said it best:

Now finally there is one condition for this information, OK?
You must share this information with another deserving veteran that is hesitant to put in a VA claim. We all deserve it and were willing to give up our life for our country, some did, only we are the lucky ones that didn’t. Deal?? So many have done it here at VDC through word of mouth. My friend Neil Eisenberg may be the champion for getting the most to VA. I’m a close runner up. ?

Best Regards,
CapnRon ??⚓️?

In Summary

From what I know, the best and simplest advice for anyone who severed on active duty with an honorable discharge would be:
1. Get your DD214 and go down in person to your state’s Department of Veterans Services.  Just tell them about your service and ask what benefits are available.

2. Just do it.  Don’t wait. Don’t get bogged down in research, it will overwhelm you. See step one above. Benefits accrue from the time of application.

Also Read my post about Veterans Cruise Discount

Robert Fowler