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Crissy27 wrote:I would like to say I am new on here but I've been faithfully following everyones posting for about a year. I've learned so much from you guys and just wanted to say thank you. I neverknew there was additional benefits for us veterans until I ran across this site. I believe I probablyqualify for for housebound so I got up the courage and I have my claim in for SMC housebound and also application for SAH since January 2011 through New Orleans Regional Office. It shows decision phase since March 22, 2011....and like 2 days ago a date of 05/26/2011 out to the side of some of my medical evidence in Ebenefits shows closed. I was injured during training. I fell ruptured a disc in my back in 1986. I had trouble with stress fractures in my legs also. I had to haveinner body fusion at L5-S1. My back has never been the same....I have severe DJD in my back and crippling arthritis throughout my body. I'm 100% PT since March 2000. Was wondering about the ebenfits status....Any ideas or thoughs appreciated.Happy Memorial Day to Everyone!US ARMY ~ 1986
1. Specially Adapted Housing Grant
The maximum amount of this grant is $63,780. It is available to veterans with service-connected permanent and total disability due to one of the three following conditions:
2. Special Home Adaptations Grant
The maximum amount of this grant is $12,756. It is available to veterans with service-connected permanent and total disability due to one of the two following conditions:
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It is never easy dealing with the VA, especially when we know what is wrong.
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Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA)
Under the Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) program, Veterans with service-connected disabilities or Veterans with non-service-connected disabilities may receive assistance for any home improvement necessary for the continuation of treatment or for disability access to the home and essential lavatory and sanitary facilities.
A HISA grant is available to Veterans who have received a medical determination indicating that improvements and structural alterations are necessary or appropriate for the effective and economical treatment of his/her disability. A Veteran may receive both a HISA grant and either a Special Home Adaptation (SHA) grant or a Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant.
Applying for a HISA Grant
In order to recieve a HISA grant, the Veteran must first have a prescription from a VA or fee-basis physician. This must include:
Specific items required
The diagnosis with medical justification
The Veteran's name, address, SSN, and phone number(s)
To apply, the Veteran must first provide:
A completed VA Form 10-0103, VETERANS APPLICATION FOR ASSISTANCE In Acquiring Home Improvement and Structural Alterations
If a leased or rented property, written permission from the owner
Quotes from at least 3 licensed contractors (if required by state law), to include:
The contractors name, address, telephone, and Federal tax ID number or social security number
The Veteran's name, address, and telephone number
Plans and drawings
An itemized list of estimated materials, cost, and labor cost
All permits required (it is the contractors responsibility to obtain these)
A picture of the work site prior to construction
Examples of what HISA will pay for include:
Allowing entrance or exit from Veteran's home
Improving access for use of essential lavatory and sanitary facilities
Improving access to kitchen and bathroom counters
Lowered electrical outlets and switches
Improving paths or driveways
Improving plumbing/electrical work for dialysis patients
HISA will not pay for:
Walkways to exterior buildings
Widening of driveways (in excess of a 7ft x 6ft area)
Spa, hot tub, or Jacuzzi
Exterior decking (in excess of 8ft x 8ft)
Limits on HISA Grants
The HISA program is available for both service-connected Veterans and non-service-connected Veterans. On May 5, 2010 the President signed the Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus Health Service Act of 2010, increasing the amounts available under the HISA grant:
Home improvement benefits up to $6,800 may be provided for a:
non-service-connected condition of a Veteran rated 50 percent or more service-connected
Home improvement benefits up to $2,000 may be provided to all other Veterans registered in the VA health care system_________________________________________________________________________________
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The Old Medic wrote:
If in fact you require mobility aids (wheelchair, crutches or canes (2 canes, not 1)) to move about, then you likely WILL qualify for a Special Adaptive Housing Grant. Keep in mind that you MUST OWN the property (or be in the process of buying it), not be a renter. They will not adapt rental properties, as the benefit goes to the owner.
The Specially Adapted Housing Grant is available to veterans or servicemembers who are entitled to compensation for permanent and total service-connected
disability due to:
a. The loss, or loss of use, of both lower extremities such as to preclude locomotion without the aid of braces, crutches, canes, or a wheelchair.
b. Blindness in both eyes having only light perception, plus loss or loss of use of one lower extremity.
c. The loss, or loss of use, of one lower extremity together with: (1) residuals of organic disease or injury, or
(2) the loss or loss of use of one upper extremity.
Item (1) and Item (2) above must so affect the functions of balance or propulsion as
to preclude locomotion without the aid of braces, crutches, canes, or a wheelchair.
d. The loss, or loss of use, of both upper extremities, so as to preclude use of the
arms at or above the elbows.
e. The permanent and total disability is due to a severe burn injury (as so determined).
A temporary grant (TRA) may be available to veterans and servicemembers who are/will be temporarily residing in a home owned by a family member. This
assistance, up to $14,000, may be used to adapt the family member’s home to meet the veteran or servicemembers special needs at that time. However, this amount is
not subject to annual adjustments based on the cost-of-construction index, nor are they subject to the suitability and financial requirements noted in questions 4(b) and
(c). The TRA grant program is a pilot program and is scheduled to end on December 31, 2011.
This infromation is available at : http://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/docs/part1_va_pamphlet_26_jrd_edits_doc.pdf
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i'm sorry about erasing....i'm still learning how to post....though i had to erase andre write- now i'm to the point of going to the end and replying on my old thread -still trying to figure on howto start new ones....i own my property-
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