Dear WVRF,

I wanted to take a moment to recognize your efforts to collaborate with me to help stabilize a combat Veteran, his spouse who also served in the military and their 3 children, ages 9, 8, and 5 from experiencing homelessness.

This family was referred to me on April 20, 2016. The landlord was threatening to evict the household which was trying to maintain on the Veteran’s small military pension of $792 a month. I reached out to resources in the community and kept encountering barriers, the household did not qualify for services that were Federally funded because they were not literally homeless or in the court process for eviction. Imagine the frustration when the only way to receive help is to wait until the family is in an even more precarious situation!

Fortunately a colleague suggested I reach out to Wounded Veterans Relief Fund I was amazed at the quick response from you – returned my email almost immediately! I briefed you  about the household situation and together we were able to formulate a plan to avoid the eviction, and allow time for the household to obtain a section 8 voucher and transition into affordable subsidized housing. Wounded Veterans Relief Fund has assisted with 3 months of rent, paying arrears for April and May and also paying rent for month of June to allow the household time to transition into the subsidized housing.

I am pleased to report that the household did sign a lease yesterday on June 21, 2016 and will be moving the family into a single family home, where their portion of the rent is just $88 a month. Today I received a panicked call from the Veteran who informed me his electric service was discontinued. I made a phone call  and the power was restored within an hour of our conversation.

Bless you for your efforts to assist this young Veteran and his family. The stressors of the financial insecurity has been reduced greatly because of your quick action and ability to eliminate red tape. I will be working closely with this household to help them learn to prioritize and budget the limited income they currently have and working toward increasing the household income through vocational training. The Veteran has been promised part time employment at a retail store near the home and is motivated to work toward self-sufficiency. I accompanied the Veteran to meet with medical providers today who assessed his trauma from injuries sustained in combat, and referred him for a comprehensive diagnostic panel of studies to address his symptoms of depression, anxiety, memory loss and sleep disorders.

As a case manager, it can be heartbreaking to watch a young family with small children struggle. Words are inadequate to describe my gratitude for the assistance on behalf of this family.