Monday, March 25, 2013

Veteran In Need of a Wheelchair

Kristina Derro
Veteran Advocate

Here at Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC, we pride ourselves on going the extra mile for our veterans. One example is that a veteran client of ours needed a wheelchair. We are currently working to get her service-connected for her orthopedic issues. Since she isn’t service-connected yet, VA will not provide her with the wheelchair that she so desperately needs for free. Since she is on a tight budget, it’s not possible for her to purchase one on her own.

As a result, we worked with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in Minnesota to determine that it had an “assistive equipment closet”. The DAV would then loan out the assistive equipment (ex. wheelchairs, canes, walkers, etc.) to local veterans. In this case, the DAV was happy to loan our veteran the wheelchair that she needed.

We find that many times resources are available to help veterans, but oftentimes veterans simply do not know where to turn or get too frustrated to solve the problem. Brig General Carol Ann Fausone (ret), who has contacts all over the country, notes “Whenever I ask a veterans service organization to help, it does not matter where in the country the veteran is located. I always find a partner to assist veterans”.

Our goal at Legal Help for Veterans, PLLC is to ensure that America’s veterans are taken care of. Even if the situation isn’t involving an area of law that we handle, we ensure that we assist the veteran in any way that we can.  

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