SLLS executive director says legal help is an ‘often overlooked solution’ for homeless veterans

Veterans accounted for around 10 percent of all homeless individuals in Louisiana, according to 2016 data from an annual Housing Urban Development (HUD) report.

Interview (Louisiana)

Angela Underwood
Louisiana Record
March 21, 2018

Tags: Housing: Homelessness, Veterans

Organizations mentioned/involved: Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS)


Discussing the issue with the Louisiana Record, Tuggle said veterans need a wide array of supportive services to lead successful lives, including housing, access to medical care, counseling and peer support.

“Legal help is an essential, but often overlooked solution to helping end veteran homelessness, to stabilizing the lives of veterans and improving health,” Tuggle said, adding lawyers help veterans struggling with serious medical problems access Veterans Affairs (VA) or disability benefits, so they can increase their income and obtain medical care.