On a cold and windy February day, the veteran came into our offices needing assistance making an installment on his rent deposit of $187, with notice from his landlord that, if not received by 2/14/17, he would have a 5 day notice to vacate and eviction process would begin. This veteran needed help because he’d just received notice that his Social Security income was being reduced by $331 from the $745 level he’d been receiving. The reduction was explained as necessary since he was also receiving $331 in Social Security Disability income.
Since he is a National Guard veteran with no deployment history, his is not eligible for assistance through either the VA or WDVA. Many of our customary contacts for assistance (Legion, VFW, etc.) are very low or out of funds, so we were not able to find assistance through those channels. We contacted Jim Duff, County Veteran Service Officer for Milwaukee County. He too did not have funds he could use because he must follow WDVA rules for eligibility which exclude this veteran. He did give us the reference for the Wisconsin Veterans Foundation, Inc., in Waukesha.
Following my visit with Jim, We called Stan Kogutkiewicz, Deputy Adjutant for the DAV, and Stan gave us the contact name and number for the Wisconsin Veterans Foundation. I called Pat Craney, Treasurer of the Board for WVF, Inc., and after discussion of the need, he approved payment of the $187 with my promise to send supporting documentation.
With a deadline of February 14, another amazing group of partners helped us succeed for a veteran in need on February 13! Hats off to Jim Duff, Stan Kogutkiewicz, and Pat Craney, all working on behalf of veterans!.