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Operation Home Front Helps Florida’s Female Veterans

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is constantly working to improve conditions for female veterans. Female veterans require not only different health care, they require different perspectives from their health care providers.

The VA operates Operation Home Front for the benefit of female soldiers. Approximately 14% of active duty soldiers and 17% of reservists and the National Guards are female. 139,000 female veterans live in Florida alone. Because the VA’s support programs have been traditionally geared towards men, it is a great relief to see the VA focusing so much on caring for their female veterans.

In an effort to close the gap between the traditional male-oriented VA services and what is needed to care for female veterans, the VA and Florida’s Department of Children and Families combined to fund and create Operation Home Front. Operation Home Front is a transitional housing facility located in Cocoa, Florida and will open next spring. 28 female veterans and their children will be able to reside in the facility while the veterans participate in:

  • Substance abuse programs; and
  • Mental health programs.

Operation Home Front is the only facility in Florida, and one of very few in the nation, allowing female veterans to participate in rehabilitation programs while living along side their children. Children are a critical element of the program.

Counselors have found women in treatment programs such as these are easier to treat when they are with their children – children keep the women in treatment. Children don’t just offer motivation for the veterans, their presence allows the bonding process to continue with mother and child throughout the program.

Every female veteran staying at Operation Home Front has a program customized specifically for her needs. Treatment can last from 60 days to over a year and can include:

  • Specialist counseling;
  • Rehabilitation services;
  • Health and psychological support.

Many of the transitions back to the civilian world that female veterans are facing are unique to them.  The VA has recognized this fact and is providing more services every day to help.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact LaVan & Neidenberg. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.

VA Proposing A Transitional Housing Program at VMAC

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

The VA is proposing a new transitional housing facility for homeless veterans. If completed, the new facility will exist on currently unused land at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV (VAMC).

The goal of the program is to provide homeless veterans temporary housing for up to two years while they:

  • Search for employment;
  • Receive job training;
  • Receive access to care at the VAMC; and
  • Receive help in returning to independent living outside the facility.

The program is being developed through an Enhanced Use Lease project (EUL), which means the VA will partner with a developer to construct and manage the facility for up to 75 years. Ownership of the land remains with the VA while the developer will own all improvements made upon the land.

There are currently other EUL projects focusing on homeless veterans already in existence at numerous VA facilities and even more under construction. These EUL projects costs the VA nothing as:

  • The VA already owns the land;
  • Outside partners will finance, run, and completely maintain the facility;
  • The developer provides all the required services to operate the facility;
  • The developer will make money through subsidy programs and grants; and
  • Veterans accepted into the facility must financially contribute.

The VA stressed one point very strongly in their proposal for placement of this facility at VAMC: this is transitional housing, NOT an emergency shelter.

Additional housing benefits are available to disabled veterans which may be based on your disability rating.  Contact the veterans’ disability rights law firm of LaVan & Neidenberg.