For many of America’s wounded veterans, everyday tasks can be a burden. Their own homes may even present mobility and accessibility challenges. To adapt homes to accommodate disabled veterans’ needs, the Department of Veterans Affairs provides specially adapted housing (SAH) grants to veterans with certain permanent and total service-connected disabilities. VA SAH grants allow veterans with disabilities to purchase or construct an adaptive home, or modify an existing home, to accommodate a disability. Read more on Specially Adaptive Housing.
Traveling through airport security with prosthetics, wheelchairs, or other mobility aids presents a challenge. The Veterans Expedited TSA Screening Safe Travel Act will provide many severely injured and disabled veterans a more dignified experience when passing through security checkpoints at our nation’s airports.
Historically, the Department of Veterans Affairs was designed to serve a mostly male veteran population. Today, women veterans are one of the fastest growing demographics in the veteran community, but they face challenges when transitioning from military to civilian status. The Department of Veterans Affairs should implement policies that more closely focus on services for women veterans.
For thousands of service members who served after 9/11, exposure to environmental and chemical hazards such as burn pits, depleted uranium, and toxic fragments have resulted in real and potential health risks. Congress must prioritize studying and addressing any harm to veterans that may have been caused by toxic exposures.