Helping An Elderly Veteran Access Healthcare Benefits
The Legal Services Corporation and its grantees have been expanding access to civil legal aid for 40 years. Below is a client story telling how one veteran was helped by Legal Aid of Wyoming.
Phyllis*, an elderly veteran, was disabled, homeless, and losing hope.
While living on the streets Phyllis lost her identification card and all her personal paperwork. As a result, she was unable to apply for food stamps, housing, and other assistance.
Phyllis went to Stand Down – a program providing food supplies, clothing, health screenings, and benefits counseling to homeless veterans – to look for help. Legal Aid of Wyoming attorneys were participating in the event.
After sharing her information with Legal Aid of Wyoming, Phyllis received assistance to apply for a new Social Security card, a copy of her birth certificate, and a state-issued identification card. Following up with Phyllis Legal Aid of Wyoming helped her access Medicaid, food stamps, and veterans' benefits.
*Names have been changed.