Most people in the United States at least have some appreciation for the sacrifices that veterans have made for their country. However, many are unaware of how much discrimination these courageous men and women face in the workforce, in healthcare, and housing. The good news is that there are things that all of us can do to help them fight against this prejudice in all forms.
It Can Be Harder to Get a Job
Veterans don’t just have to think about encountering discrimination while they work, they also have to think about it when getting a job. Someone who has served in the military has experiences and skill sets that make them good candidates for many positions. However, many of these men and women face discrimination that begins even before the interview process at the hands of employers who won’t interview them.
If you think an employer has discriminated against you because of your veteran status, document everything that has happened and get in touch with the Department of Labor about your concerns. Consider finding out about different employers with a veteran-friendly attitude.
It Can Be Harder to Get Help
Sometimes, your worst adversaries in civilian life can be insurance companies and doctors. Insurance can be the worst. Insurance companies may value injury claims for less because you are former military, assuming that you could not have been in good shape, to begin with, given your past military involvement, therefore your injuries are “worth less.” Many doctors also have a similar attitude.
It’s essential to fight claims denials, even as frustrating as the process can be overall. Consider applying for healthcare benefits from the VA, which are often available even without a service-related disability.
It Can Be Harder to Get Housing
Many veterans living with a disability face housing discrimination. Some examples include veterans with emotional support dogs being denied housing or a lack of units accessible for veterans in wheelchairs. Veterans can face real hardships finding the right place.
Even though veteran status is not a protected class under federal housing laws, disabled veterans who encounter discrimination do have recourse. If a landlord or homeowners’ association has refused to accommodate a disability, contacting HUD may be your best solution.
Even though discrimination against former service members is far from isolated, there are remedies for those who have faced it available. Understanding what constitutes discrimination and knowing how to fight it goes a long way.
The health, well-being, and success of veterans is the goal of the Iron Therapy Project. We have lots of resources to assist veterans. Apply for our 90-day wellness program or show your support by donating today!