Michael and Ana Garcia – Michael did two combat tours in Iraq. Ana served in Kuwait.
Ana is a MST survivor, but VA is delaying her claim. During her pregnancy, she was barely speaking. Michael has a 10% disability rating (for Tinnitus), but the VA denied his claim for PTSD. GCVF is working to help Michael see a Psychiatrist to substantiate his PTSD claim.
Michael had part-time carpentry work, but this actually disqualified them for housing assistance. They were also disqualified because of incomplete certification for their service dog, Wishbone.
This veteran couple and their service dog have been living in a vehicle for two years – first in a car, and now in a small camper with no utility hookups.
With this couple being at high risk for COVID-19, the MVO program was finally able to place them into one of the state-funded motel rooms, where they will have safe housing.
Update: Our MVO team was finally able to get Ana, Michael, and their baby girl qualified for long-term subsidized housing!