Military Family Assistance Program
In addition to the devastation faced when the news of a wounded loved one travels home, are the burdens of financial obligation.
The practical problems that result when this service member can no longer step back into the workforce washes over these families in waves of desolation.
Since 2004 the Veterans Administration has received over 400,000 new claims from Veterans, between these claims and new claims from other conflicts this has created a backlog of over 1 million cases. A new VA claim has an average wait of six months to one year if undisputed but if the case is disputed it can take up to 4 years for the Veteran to receive benefits rightfully due him/her. This delay is leading to financial damage for these families resulting in the inability to sustain their household bills and other basic needs. Severe cases are resulting in homelessness and the deterioration of the family unit.
There is a significant rise in the suicide rate of our returning Veterans, in many cases the Veterans’ inability to care for his/her family in turn causing financial ruin is the final straw.
This is not only a problem that affects the Veterans and their families but also ultimately affects the communities the Veterans are returning to. Without the means of staying financially stable during their VA process they will not be able to become productive members of their communities.