After serving in Iraq, Xatavia Hughes returned to Chicago in December 2010, according to The Chicago Tribune. Hard times started immediately as she faced living in a homeless shelter and protecting her children. Much like many others who have served in wars, Hughes had a hard time being taken care of by the government she served. Upon return home, soldiers should look to apply for veterans benefits to ensure they can stay afloat through hard times.
Hughes said she was homeless a month after a return home and her $3,500 in savings all went into clothing for her children, moving costs and rent payments to those she stayed with. The Tribune said women have the fastest growing segment of the veteran population and gives many new issues to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of these women have children, have issues after being sexually assaulted while serving and
“And though they already served in dangerous, life-threatening positions, the recent decision to allow women to fight in combat zones means even more are likely to return with complex and severe injuries that need attention,” Tribune reporter Annie Sweeney wrote.
There are many benefits available to veterans who have honorably served in the Armed Forces of the United States. It is not uncommon for VA to deny a meritorious claim made by a veteran, but this should always be appealed. The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates is available to protect both female and male veterans rights.