Our Stories: Supportive Services for Veteran Families

Debbie, a Persian Gulf War Veteran who served in the United States Navy, fled a domestic violence situation to North Mississippi from a bordering state and came to us for assistance. Prior to contacting Catholic Charities’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, she spent most nights in her car because she was unable to afford $30 a night for a room at a local motel. Debbie suffers from PTSD, anxiety, and has spells of depression. SSVF provided assistance with temporary accommodations in a hotel until we located permanent housing. Additional assistance provided included applying for SNAP benefits, and receiving an increase in her Veteran benefits. Debbie is now 100% service connected; which means she receives the maximum amount of benefits based on her eligibility status. During her case closure meeting, Debbie stated that due to the SSVF assistance she now had the funds and was traveling to finalize her divorce within two days. She went on to share that although the transition was terrifying in the beginning, Debbie appreciates the compassion and patience of Catholic Charities during this trying time in her life.

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