KATY -- A military spouse who never wore a uniform or swore an oath to the country knows all too well what it means to fight a battle.
“We need more rights,” said Regina, a mother of three girls married to a U.S. Navy veteran. “You get to that point where you feel like you’re going to lose it. That’s the point you get to.”
Regina said she’s fighting the Veterans Administration for recognition, ever since her husband who she claimed is addicted to drugs, walked out on his family.
“He would just completely disappear and then the text messages got crazier,” she added.
Regina said her husband’s addiction cost them their house and belongings. She said at times she’s had to steal to feed her girls.
They rely on strangers for help and sometimes sleep in their car.
“I’m trying so hard to take care of these kids and it seems like every time I turn around it’s getting harder,” said Regina.
She turned to the VA for help, but said she was turned down.
“Everything is for the veterans. That’s all you hear.”
Officials at the VA confirm they’ve spoken with Regina. The official said that because it is the veteran who earns the benefits, it is the veteran who must apply for assistance.
But critics of the VA said the policy leaves families, like Regina’s, falling through the cracks.
“It’s terrible,” said Sibley Cooley, with Houston’s Military Affairs Committee. “Everybody feels the pain. And this type of a case happens all the time.”
In the meantime, Regina continues to fight for the recognition she believes all military spouses deserve.
“Because the wives serve too. They’re right there with everything that’s going on,” she said.