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Veterans Options for Independence, Choice, and Empowerment or VOICE

ILC's VOICE Logo with Alaska's state outline and US flag inlaid.


VOICE is a Veterans Directed Care (VDC) program that enables eligible Veterans to choose and direct their own care, in their homes. VOICE supports Veterans to have greater access, choice and control over their long term care services.

Veterans are assessed by their VA provider to determine what their physical needs are and based on the assessment the Veteran is given a budget for services. The Veteran and family or representative are then responsible to decide how the budget will be used.

The VDC program has four primary purposes.

    • Veterans who need assistance and support in daily living to remain at home.
    • Provide Veterans with the opportunity to direct his or her own care.
    • Improve quality of life by maximizing the Veteran’s physical, cognitive and psychological functioning.
    • Provide support and respite for the family and other primary caregivers.

Eligibility-All Veterans must:

    1. Be enrolled in VA healthcare
    2. Have a primary care provider authorized to provide VA healthcare
    3. Meet the VA’s nursing facility level of care
    4. Be interested and able to self-direct their own care

Multitude of Services

Veterans receiving VDC can decide what mix of in-home support services will best meet their needs including;

    • Personal care services using workers hired by the Veteran/Representative
    • Housing modifications, bathroom and other safety equipment
    • Light housework, meal preparation and other chores
    • Respite for family members

Help and Support

    • A Staff Person from the ILC will work with the Veteran in identifying care needs and assist in developing a spending plan for needed services.
    • A financial management service, ARIS Solutions will assist with payroll and other financial services for the Veteran.
    • A representative (family or friend) can be appointed to assist with making decisions.
    • Help is always available to assist Veterans and their families with the program.

See a great example of the VOICE program at work here in the article linked below.

KMXT Article 

Alaska VA Long Term Care Program contacts


Phone: 907-257-3728
Fax: 907-257-4877

Nicki Addonisio
Long Term Care
Coordinator & Social Worker

Office VOICE Advocate contacts


211 Mission Rd. Suite #223
Kodiak, AK 99615
Phone: 907-486-0493
Fax: 907-486-0409


201 Third Ave. Suite #101B
Seward, AK 99664
Phone: 907-224-8711
Fax: 907-224-7793

Teryn Burnett
IL / VOICE Advocate
& Office Support


265 E. Pioneer Ave. Suite #201
P.O. Box 2474
Homer, AK 99603
Phone: 907-235-7911
Fax: 907-235-6236

Joyanna Geisler
Executive Director

Brad Parsons
Homer Advocate


47255 Princeton Ave. Suite #8
Soldotna, AK 99669
Phone: 907-262-6333
Fax: 907-260-4495

Karla Evarts
ADRC/DDRC & Office Lead

If you are concerned about the safety of a vulnerable person you can report your concern to the Alaska Senior and Disabilities Services Centralized Reporting Unit.  These reports go to the appropriate state agency or agencies to investigate.  These include Adult Protective Services, The Long Term Care Ombudsman, Occupational Licensing and the Office of Children's Services.  Click on the link below for:

Centralized Reporting

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