Priority Veteran: grant money helps vets in danger of becoming homeless

Priority Veteran

It's often very hard for veterans to admit they need help especially when it comes to being homeless or in danger of losing their home. A United Way program called Priority Veteran is just a phone call away to help.

Emmitt Bryant served ten years in the marines and recently fell on hard times. "I ran into a rough patch in November of last year which I was trying to address but I had too much pride," recalls Bryant.

He was down to just thirty days from losing his home to foreclosure when he got a lifeline. A counselor at the V.A. Hospital recommended he call Priority Veteran.

"There's no shame in needing help. Priority Veteran is a hand up not a hand out," explains case manager LaDonna Ford. She helps veterans get caught up on mortgage and rent payments through the grant program. Then comes developing budgets and planning to stay on course. Bryant made small changes like less eating out. "The challenge is too live within your means," says Bryant.

Ford says the homeless vet population encompasses many more than those in shelters or on park benches. Vets who live on a friend's or family member's sofa also don't have a permanent home and qualify for the program.

If you know a veteran facing a tough situation, you can help them make the connection to this program. "There is no need to be homeless, sleeping on park benches, isolating yourself," says Bryant.

The number to call is 866-460-3827.

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