Homeless veterans lack access to justice

Four of the top ten needs that typically go unmet for veterans who are homeless stem from a gap in legal assistance.
Op-Ed (Tennessee)

Gary Housepian
Tennessean, The
November 11, 2016

Tags: Housing: Homelessness, Veterans

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands


When we guide veterans through legal challenges, we support them in the very system they’ve put their lives on the line to protect.

Take the case of U.S. Navy Veteran Petty Officer 2nd Class Annette Hicks and her husband.  Following a series of hang-ups with the state’s child support office, the Rutherford County residents’ payments were suspended and their wages and benefits garnished — leaving the family on the brink of financial collapse through no fault of their own. A Legal Aid Society attorney was able to advocate on the family’s behalf, and a court magistrate requested the garnishments be stopped immediately.

It was this judicial victory that allowed PO2 Hicks to pursue the American dream, and today, she and her husband are on track to become homeowners.

Veterans are our defenders and our protectors, and it’s our duty to do all we can as a community to have their backs when critical civil legal issues arise.