WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In his article 'Many Vets' Caregivers Cut out From Federal Benefit' (http://abcn.ws/1a9KeXL), Kevin Freking provided insight into how one mother, the sole caregiver of her disabled veteran son, is able to financially rely on a monthly government contribution thanks to a relatively new program. That program is designed specifically to support family members that provide fulltime care for their disabled veteran family member.
Yet, in the same article he goes on to tell the story of another similar family that does not qualify for the same program. The difference: the new program was designed to assist those families whose family veteran family member became disabled after 2010. In other words, if one of the American heroes had the exact same injury in the Gulf War as a soldier that suffered the injury in Afghanistan in 2011, the soldier from Afghanistan could qualify while the soldier from the Gulf War would not.
The primary reason – costs. The article further explains how expansion of the program would increase the need for more government spending as the number of participants could increase five-fold. That may be true IF people were aware of the program to begin with.
While the Disabled Veterans National Foundation is fully supportive of the existing program, as well as any efforts to expand such a program that might ultimately provide more assistance to disabled veterans, they firmly believe that expanding the knowledge of all existing programs is of equal, if not higher value.
It is a well-documented fact that there are tens of thousands of homeless, disabled veterans wandering the streets of the United States with no knowledge of the basic – let alone advanced programs available to all who have bravely served. Furthermore, it is known that there are tens of thousands of working, family-supported disabled veterans with the same lack of knowledge of the benefits available to them.
In the coming months Disabled Veterans National Foundation will be making a concerted effort to reach those in need and help guide them to active programs they would qualify for to receive the assistance they deserve. Please join the fight by gathering more information at DVNF.org or helping spread the word by providing a donation. Together we will continue making a difference to the brave men and women that have made so many sacrifices for our safety and freedom.
For more, go to www.dvnf.org.
Doug Walker, Communications Manager, 202-737-0522, Email
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