Zach gets his benefits reinstated after suffering from a stroke

“Zack”- is a 43-year-old Navy Gulf War Veteran. I met Zack at Project Homeless Connect in 2011. He had a very debilitating stroke one year after his release from active duty. He had two brain surgeries in the next two years. One surgery was performed at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, and the other at Stanford. The stroke and subsequent surgeries left him with a loss of vision, mobility issues, and severe short-term memory concerns. Zack is quite inspirational in his determination and desire to learn. In the almost 20 years since his stroke he has gone to Cabrillo College and taken many courses to deal with his learning disabilities and how to cope with his memory loss. Zack lives in supportive housing and has an income from SSDI. However, due to his stroke he was never able to use his GI Bill benefit. He had submitted a claim in 2006 to have his benefit reinstated, but due to the nature of his condition, was unable to complete the process. We began gathering information, and prepared to re-file his claim. We ran up against many “walls” along the way, but were able to successfully navigate the system. The spring 2012 semester at Cabrillo is the first semester Zack will be collecting his MGIB benefit. The additional income will be the first time he has any money left after paying his monthly living expenses. He is currently working toward a certificate in Human Services and interested in eventually working with other disabled people in Santa Cruz.

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