by Jim Fausone
There is no way the VA is going to be able to help every veteran in every situation. I think it is important that Veteran Service Organizations (VSO), veteran business owners and veteran centric groups step up and help out. This requires a local effort of neighbors helping neighbors. Stop worrying about VA getting it right and jump in and help.
VA recently denied a housing grant to assist a disabled veteran build a garage. We belong to a group that handles these types of requests. Our volunteers can go to the house and confirm the request and then work with people to get the job done and supply funding. We have also found many times people were trying to scam the system. If you live in Boston or are with a local Boston VSO maybe this is a relevant project to take on.
Read about this vet and his need for a garage: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1296658