Legal Services Secures Disability Benefits for Homeless, Mentally Disabled Veteran

Angelo* experienced years of chronic homelessness following his discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps. As a veteran of combat in Somalia, Angelo struggled with severe mental health conditions in civilian life. He struggled to maintain employment and keep his family intact through mental health crises and hospitalizations, and he was eventually unable to work and became estranged from his family. When Angelo sought help from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), he was told he was not eligible for either housing or disability benefits.