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Why Choose VA: A Personal Feeling of Belonging

Veteran and his wife

Murray Simon's wife, Juana, visits him frequently at the Loch Raven Community Living Center where he now resides.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Murray Simon was drafted into the army at age 18. Fast forward 75 years, and this WWII Veteran and Purple Heart recipient is spending his senior days at the Loch Raven VA Community Living Center (CLC), part of the VA Maryland Health Care System. After a serious fall in 2015, Murray spent several weeks in rehabilitation and stayed at two facilities in the community before coming to the Loch Raven CLC.

Why does he choose VA?

“The VA is by far the best,” he says. “The staff are sincere, the food is good, and we have activities all the time. Sometimes we have bingo twice a day, and it’s fun because everybody wins.”

When he’s not having meals, or engaging in activities with other CLC residents, Murray is busy with frequent visits from his wife, Juana, and family members. They’ll often find cozy spots indoors, or outside in the garden when the weather is nice, where they can play board games, which help to keep Murray’s mind sharp. Murray says he feels right at home at the Loch Raven CLC.

“I have a personal feeling of belonging,” he says. “I know everyone here, and it’s nice.”



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