The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has teamed up with the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation to launch a new contest aimed at improving access for homeless veterans to services and benefits.
On Monday, March 19, the VA issued a press release announcing the contest, titled Project REACH – Real-time Electronic Access for Caregivers and the Homeless. The Departments of Housing and Urban Development, and Health and Human Services are also involved in the initiative that’s calling out to web and phone application developers.
The goal of Project REACH is to create a web and phone based app that provides recourses for homeless veterans in need of services, such as medical facilities, food banks, and housing. Based on the criteria for the contest, the winning app should also provide veterans with nearby VA services, employment information, crisis hotlines, and the whereabouts for legal assistance, such as where to locate a veterans disability attorney who can help you file or appeal a claim.
With veterans accounting for 1 of every 6 persons in homeless shelters and many veterans struggling to provide for their basic needs, a digital access hub could be a great asset to those in need and their caregivers.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from LaVan & Neidenberg is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-888-234-5758.