14 Apr '18, 5pm

Veterans shielded from getting needed help

BILOXI, Miss. — Donna Anderson sees the system from the inside, and she sees problems. As a case manager at Keesler Medical Center, the retired Army nurse sees "the struggles the local servicemen and women" endure when they make the transition from active duty to civilian status. She works with both active-duty and retiring soldiers. But most problems she sees lie with National Guard and Reserve returnees. "There was some disparity in them being able to find or hold their jobs when they got back due to their physical or mental health issues," she said, "and there were delays getting their Veterans Affairs benefits. They would go long periods of time without having income." After watching their struggles, Anderson founded Combat Wounded Veterans of South Mississippi (CWVSM) in 2011 to help all wounded veterans with emergency financial needs such as house payments, car payme...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/veterans-shielded-f...

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