Allow US service members/victims of military sexual trauma to qualify for VA home loans.

Allow US service members/victims of military sexual trauma to qualify for VA home loans.

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Paul Lloyd started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and

Veterans who report experiencing sexual trauma while in the military have more than twice the rate of postdeployment  homelessness than their counterparts who have not experienced such trauma, with the risk higher in men, new research shows.

The current DOD and department of Veterans Affairs rules only allow for a national guardsman to be eligible for a VA home loan if they have 6 years of service or 2 combat tours.

Regardless of service connected disabilities! 

The following are the proposed amendments to the VA home loan eligibility requirements.

*Veterans shall be granted eligibility for a va home loan. regardless of branch of service under the following conditions and rules.

:for a veteran to receive eligibility under the new preposed amendment the veteran must meet 2 or more of the following qualifications.

* A veteran who has been involved in a military sexual assault that happened while in service.

* Has service connected disabilities with a combined rating of 60% or higher or 50% on a single disability.

*A veteran is found individually unemployable by the department of Veterans Affairs.

*A veteran who has had their dd214 upgraded to a full honorable discharge by the Army review board and states under Secretarial Authority regardless of time of in service.


I started this petition because...
I am a disabled army Vet I am 70% permanent and totally disabled through the department of Veterans Affairs.

Several weeks into my basic training at Ft Leonardwood I was physically and sexually assaulted while showering in the barracks.

The assault was unreported at the time as most are due to fear of retaliation and it being covered up or brushed off as a boys will be boys. 


I endured 11 more months of basic training until the US Army discharged me with a general under honorable conditions discharge.

It wasn't until 5 years after my discharge that I was finally hooked up with the department of Veterans Affairs. At which point I finally broke the silence on what really happened to me and the reason I was admitted to the base hospital for 14 days.

Being service connected for military sexual trama is not a easy process. It's hell. 

You not only have to write out your assault to apply for benifits. 

You're also required to participate in an interview process with up to 6 psychologist this interview is done in a group with others who are survivors of MST as well the hardest part is for the first time you have to speak about your assault in a group although you're among other veteran this happened to it's hell and even before they start the interview with the group they require that you have someone who's going to watch over you or check in with you after the interview as the process of bearing all that happened could cause a veteran to commit suicide. 

Over a 3 year period I went from a 30% rating to a 70% rating and after I was awarded permanent and total and found to be  individually unemployable.

I reached out to my local congresswoman and they helped me navigate and apply  for my discharge to be upgraded by the Army review board.


The Army review board upgraded my discharge to a full honorable discharge under Secretarial Authority.


The only reason that this was granted is because I sent in the medical records from my 14 day hospital and all my treatment and medical records from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Although all my DOD records have been updated I am still ineligible for a VA home loan.

So regardless of my rating of 70% being permanent and total and is made up of several service connected disabilities which make me individually unemployable. I have to spend half my benifits to pay rent because my career was cut short because of a situation out of my control.

This needs to change!

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