Pennsylvania is home to numerous individuals who have proudly served this country and suffered injuries in this process. Many of them have been left with disabilities because of their service. Veterans' benefits are in place to help these individuals continue to move forward with their lives in the most comfortable way possible. Unfortunately, some may not be fully aware of all the benefits available to them -- such as adapted housing.
So, what is the adapted housing benefit? Who is eligible? What if one's request is denied?
The adapted housing benefit has been around since 1948. The law allowing this has been amended several times since then, but its overall goal is to help disabled veterans make changes to their homes so that they are more accessible. Those who are eligible for this benefit are veterans who have suffered:
- Loss of or inability to use the lower extremities
- Loss of or inability to use one leg due to a disease or injury
- Loss of or inability to use one leg and one arm
- Loss of or inability to use both arms
- Disability caused by severe burn injuries
There is no time limit for filing for the adapted housing benefit. It is open to disabled veterans whenever they wish to pursue it. In order for one's request to be granted, though, on top of meeting the disability requirements for approval, other eligibility requirements include that the:
- Home needs to be adapted for accessibility
- Veteran has the means to acquire the property
The adapted housing benefit can be worth thousands of dollars. The maximum amount that can be paid out to each qualifying individual may change every year, depending on if the Veteran's Affairs Department feels it needs adjusting. It is certainly a significant benefit -- one that can feel disheartening if one's request is denied. A skilled Veterans' benefits attorney can help disabled service members residing in Pennsylvania fight for this and any other benefits to which they may be entitled.
Source: benefits.va.gov, "2101(a) Grant Fact Sheet VA Pamphlet 26-69-1: Questions on Specially Adapted Housing and Special Housing Adaptations (Online Version)", Accessed on April 12, 2018