October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and unfortunately, veterans suffer the effects of domestic violence the same as anyone else. If anything, veterans, and particularly disabled veterans, can be particularly vulnerable to domestic violence, often feeling trapped in an abusive relationship because they’re uncertain where to go. Fortunately, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recognized this problem and has stepped up to help.
The VA has programs known as Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) and the Grant Per Diem (GPD) program, which provide housing and other assistance to veterans in need. Among other things, these programs will provide aid to veterans who are suffering from domestic abuse, whether from a family member or an intimate partner. SSVF, for example, has a rapid rehousing program to help find new housing for veterans and their family members, while the GPD program can provide both housing and other support to help a veteran fleeing domestic violence achieve financial stability.
While these programs were initially intended to help those who are homeless, Congress passed a law in 2017 that expanded the programs to include those fleeing domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, or other situations that make living at their current home dangerous. This also includes any situations that would make living in the veteran’s current residence dangerous for any children the veteran might have. To be eligible for these programs, a veteran simply needs to demonstrate they have no other residence and lack the resources or support networks to obtain other permanent housing.
The attorneys of Sullivan & Kehoe place a special focus on assisting disabled veterans. With over 50 years of combined experience between its lawyers, our attorneys may be able to assist you or a loved one in obtaining VA disability benefits. Call our office at (800) 395 -7830 to schedule a consultation in our New York City, Garden City, Kings Park, Riverhead, or White Plains office, or visit our contact page.