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Veterans Corner

March 30, 2014

VETERANS’ CORNER: Veterans with ALS eligible for housing assistance grants

By JIM VINES

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that veterans and active duty military personnel with service-connected amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, are now medically eligible for grants up to almost $68,000.

The change affects recipients of the VA’s specially adapted housing grants, which helps pay for their costs for building, buying or adapting a home, up to a maximum of $67,555.

Under the change, veterans and servicemembers with service-connected ALS will be determined medically eligible for the maximum grant. The program provides grants to eligible service-connected disabled veterans to construct or modify a home to meet their unique housing needs. Grants are also available to help eligible individuals purchase adapted homes or pay down mortgages on homes that are already adapted. The VA estimates this change will save approximately 12 months in the overall process of a Specialty Adapted Housing (SAH) grant.

In 2008, the VA established a presumption of service connection for ALS, for any veteran who develops the disease at any time after separation from service, making them eligible for monthly VA disability compensation benefits. VA amended its disability rating scale in January 2012, to assign a 100 percent disability evaluation for any veteran who has service-connected ALS. ALS is rapidly progressive, totally debilitating, and an irreversible motor neuron disease that results in muscle weakness leading to a wide range of serious disabilities, including impaired mobility.

VA adapted its rules so veterans with service-connected ALS no longer have to file multiple claims with VA for increased benefits as their condition progresses. Prior to the new SAH regulatory change, many veterans and servicemembers who were rated by VA for ALS, but did not yet have symptoms debilitating enough to affect their mobility, to the degree required for SAH grant eligibility, were unable to begin the process of modifying their homes to accommodate their often rapidly progressing conditions. The modifications of the program now makes the transition much easier.

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