Friday, March 20, 2020
Don't Leave Disabled Veterans Behind In Coronavirus Crisis!
Thousands of Veterans participating in the VA's Vocational Rehabilitation Program and other related Programs may be left behind and not receive the cash being sent to people for hardship relief in the Republican Coronavirus aid package.
Many Veterans in those programs did not have to file taxes in 2018 because they did not work in the public sector. However, many went to work in 2019 and have filed or will soon file. They qualify except for the 2018 tax filing requirement. While all low income veterans who didn't file in 2018 and are not back to work yet should be included also, more so for those who re-entered the workforce in 2019!
The VA only pays Voc Rehab participants a little under $700 a month stipend for living expenses. Most of the participants survive on under $1500 a month if they are on disability but lose the stipend once back at work. Many struggling with PTSD and other issues beyond their Physical injuries make them high risk for increasing the already epidemic of suicide in the veterans population.
Now, many who have no support system will be isolated further and the financial assistance will go a long way to alleviate their anxieties and feelings that they don't matter.
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