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Your Congressional Representatives
Find your members of congress by clicking on your state on the map or by filling out the form. Call the senator’s D.C. office; ask who handles veterans’ issues there; then ask to speak to that person. Having a high-ranking senator and his staff working on your side can open previously closed doors and fix once broken situations. Note, though, that these people are extremely short on time. Before calling, make sure you can summarize your entire situation in 30 seconds or less, ending with the question: “Can you help me?” If you can’t do it in 30 seconds, practice in front of a mirror until you can. Let the senator’s veterans’ advocate ask the follow-up questions. If you ramble, they will not assist you.
Note: One of the first questions will be: “Do you have all of your military and VA papers, including your medical, discharge and military performance papers?” Do not call until the answer to that question is yes. Also, once you obtain your papers, never send the originals to anyone.
The Los Angeles chapter of Volunteers of America (www.voala.org) has provided this list of organizations offering free assistance with food, housing, clothing, medical care, rehabilitation and other needs:
List compiled by reporter Joshua Kors (firstname.lastname@example.org, www.joshuakors.com) with contributions from Bob Handy of Veterans United for Truth (email@example.com, www.vuft.org); Congressman Bob Filner, former chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs; Katherine Moore of the Jewish Vocational Services of Los Angeles (KMoore@jvsla.org, www.jvsla.org); and generous Huffington Post readers.