Programs Offer Help for Homeless Veterans

If you are a veteran, there are plenty of resources available to you. Even if you are not yet sure if you qualify for veterans’ disability payments, there are benefits that you may receive in the meantime. While they do include assistance paying medical bills, many veterans’ benefits focus on help finding shelter.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are more than 130,000 veterans on the street on any random night, and many of those lucky enough to have a house live close to the poverty level. Of the homeless veterans, the VA claims that about 70% are addicted to drugs or alcohol, while 45% have some sort of mental illness.

President Obama’s goal is to make sure every veteran has a home within the next five years, and he hopes the proposed increase of $25 billion to the VA will help make that a reality. While many say it is not realistic, it is at least a start to ending the issue of veteran homelessness. There are other programs that have similar goals in mind.

According to Flathead Beacon, the 10th annual Northwest Montana Veterans Stand Down is held in a tiny town called Libby. The event is meant to serve as a gathering area for veterans in need of a few meals, healthcare, and a place to stay for the weekend. Other free services will include the following:

  • Clothing
  • Haircuts
  • Employment counseling
  • Referrals

While this event occurs just once per year, there are other resources year round that you can use while you wait for your veterans’ disability application to be accepted. Since Montana has the second highest number of veterans in the country, it should come as no surprise that there is plenty of help for veterans in the state. There are currently four housing programs solely for veterans, and a housing voucher program is being considered for Montana. You can ask a lawyer for veterans’ resources in your state.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida disability lawyers, Veterans Help Group, represent over 5000 disability claimants. Our disability attorneys have experience with cross examining agency-appointed medical and vocational experts and take time when speaking with you about your disability claim. Call us today at 1-855-855-8992 for a FREE legal consultation. There is NO OBLIGATION to hire our firm and there are NO FEES unless one of our trained disability lawyers wins your case.