Homelessness

Organization helps homeless veterans secure back benefit awards

Organization helps homeless veterans secure back benefit awards

The combat Brad Johnson saw as a young man in the Army during the United States’ invasion of Grenada has haunted him for more than 30 years as vivid nightmares and repeated unwanted thoughts.

When the symptoms of his post-traumatic stress disorder became extreme, he sought benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. But despite documentation for his service-connected disability, he said he battled denials and appeals from the agency for more than two years. Ultimately, he said, it was only with the help of a free lawyer from the Baltimore-based nonprofit Homeless Persons Representation Project that he was awarded $44,000 in back benefits.

“The fight was so hard, if I...

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