The war on veteran homelessness may finally be in sight. An article on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website gives Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. MacDonald’s insight on this uplifting development:
Since 2010, there has been a 43% reduction in the number of homeless veterans in the United States of America. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is funding different programs to prevent and end vagrancy in the veterans community. These programs include education, job training, health care benefits, and housing solutions.
One way to reduce the number of homeless veterans is to help them get the benefits they need and rightfully deserve, like disabilities compensation. Though extremely helpful, this claim is often disregarded by eligible veterans because of the long and tedious procedure of applying for and obtaining these benefits. Hiring veterans disability lawyers can help the process go smoother and will increases your chance of getting your claim.
An experienced veterans disability lawyer like Jan Dils, Attorney at Law, encounters a wide range of conditions that could qualify as veterans’ disabilities. Most disability law firms are working on getting claims for post-traumatic stress disorder, toxic exposure, brain injuries caused by trauma, and fibromyalgia.
Aside from veterans, surviving family members can also receive benefits as long as they qualify for the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation. One of the important qualifications of this claim is that the veteran’s cause of death should be related to an injury or disease aggravated or incurred while in active service. A widow/widower can also receive pension provided that his or her spouse was discharged honorably, that he or she demonstrates the need, and remains unmarried.
Additional financial aid coming from disability claims is a big help for veterans and their family members and it can be a way to prevent them from homelessness.
(Source: Counting Every Veteran on the Way to Ending Homelessness, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 28 January 2015)