Women vets navigate benefits, PTSD, homelessness
First State House women vets advocacy day
22 News State House Correspondent
Friday, 14 Jun 2013
BOSTON (WWLP) - When Fannie Houck was discharged from the navy in 1976, she survived a sexual assault and a helicopter incident that left her disabled and emotionally scarred.
“My PTSD just took over my life and I became homeless,” said Houck.
She applied for help at the Veterans Affairs Department, but navigating the maze of benefits and programs is difficult.
“In 1977, I tried to get services and was told you didn’t have programs like that for women… You reach out for help you don’t get the help… And I feel this is often where suicides come from.”
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