Even if you don’t have a permanent address or a place to call your own, you can still qualify for veterans’ disability benefits. Homelessness should not prevent you from recovering veterans’ disability benefits if you qualify for such benefits.
How Many Veterans Are Homeless?
Since 2010, the number of homeless veterans in the United States has been cut in half according to information from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Yet in Texas alone there were an estimated 2,393 homeless veterans in 2016—putting Texas among the top five states in the country with homeless veterans.
Many homeless veterans suffer significant disabilities such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), brain injuries, amputations, and other injuries that prevent them from earning a living wage and supporting themselves. If you suffer one of these disabilities—or any other that is connected to your time in the service—you may qualify for veterans’ disability benefits.
There Are Programs to Help
Homeless veterans are eligible for all of the same veterans’ assistance programs as other veterans—including disability benefits if they so qualify. To find out if you qualify for veterans’ disability benefits, you must fill out a complete application with the VA. While the process may seem overwhelming, an attorney can help you through it so that you get the benefits you deserve.
In addition to veterans’ disability benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs offers homeless veterans and veterans in danger of becoming homeless a number of programs and resources to help keep them sheltered and off the streets. These homeless veteran programs involve different types of assistance, including job training and placement, substance abuse programs, general health care, and mental health counseling.
If you are a homeless veteran seeking disability benefits, you should know that we are here to help. Please contact our experienced attorneys directly via this website or by phone to set up an initial, no-obligation consultation and to make sure you are getting all of the benefits you have earned.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.