VA Expedites Access to Housing Grants for Veterans with ALS!

By Pat Wildman

In March 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that veterans with ALS and those on active duty automatically are eligible for Specially Adaptive Housing (SAH) Grants. The grants provide veterans with up to $68,000 to adapt their homes.

This is a significant change to the SAH program that will enable veterans with ALS to access these grants much sooner than under the current system.  In fact, the VA estimates that the change will reduce the time it takes to obtain a grant by approximately 12 months!

This latest action builds on previous VA policies that The ALS Association has championed, including establishing ALS as a service-connected disease and providing a minimum 100-percent disability rating for those service-connected with ALS.

The Association worked with several chapters, including the DC/MD/VA Chapter and the Evergreen Chapter, to advocate to the VA the need to change the SAH program so that it could respond to the needs of veterans with ALS, who too often would lose their fight with the disease before they could complete the lengthy SAH grant process.

The Association applauds the VA for continuing to serve our military heroes with ALS.

Additional information can be found in the announcement from the VA, here: http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2530.

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