- Posted December 21, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Many veterans are under the same stresses, without jobs and under-water, notwithstanding the stresses of their various wounds from war, but “real” help is nowhere to be found… at least in Virginia.
I sought help, and my impassioned plea for help to Virginia’s Department of Veteran’s Services (DVS) was answered with a ‘canned’ email that expressed their “ability” to assist:
• VA disability claims processing help
• Referrals for education, home loans, and property tax relief
Many national Veterans Service Organizations have this mission, including the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and others. And these are worthy causes, but these are not the ‘services’ that Virginia veterans really need. Like me, many veterans need immediate relief without regard for the era they’ve served, or how they came to this condition. Veterans need help with non-service connected and family medical bills, help to keep the heat on, help with transportation costs associated with job searches and school, help with groceries to meet the needs of their families. And Virginia, at least, is unprepared to meet these needs for their resident Veterans.
I’m sure Virginia isn’t alone in this; many improvements need to be made. But while we wait on change, veterans and their families go hungry, cold, sick, and homeless.
This is a matter of urgent necessity for those who’ve served and state and local governments must move swiftly to curtail the downward spiral in their veterans’ lives.