Veteran Stories- Renita, U.S. Navy

Renita's Story

Renita, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, recently found herself in a sudden financial predicament. This mother of 2 made a decision to go back to school this year, taking advantage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits available to her.

A major part of the GI Bill is that the VA pays a monthly stipend for veterans in school, called the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). As part of the program Renita was taking, she had the chance to do an externship, set to start April 1.

Unfortunately, the externship site was not quite ready, and did not begin until mid-May. Therefore, she would not receive the stipend she was truly dependent on during school. With her May stipend having been cut in half, Renita ended up finding part-time work – but was still going to be short on her rent.

When she applied for DVNF’s GPS (Grants to Provide Stability) Home program, she explained that she had done all she could, but could not find help for this temporary setback.

When DVNF approved her grant, she said, “The GPS Home grant has prevented my family and me from being homeless with nowhere to go. I can’t thank you enough for your kindness and generosity. Now, we are back on track and are able to keep a roof over our heads.”

Temporary financial problems happen unexpectedly. We can’t help every veteran, but we certainly wish we could. DVNF depends on people just like you to lend your support  to our mission.  With a donation, you could save a veteran like Renita from homelessness.

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