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US House passes bill with Congresswoman Luria's amendment to help blinded veterans

The amendment would expand the pool of veterans eligible to receive VA-administered Specialty Adapted Housing (SAH) grants to include blinded veterans.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Tuesday passed a bill that includes an amendment from Congresswoman Elaine Luria to make sure blinded veterans receive housing accommodations to live independently. 

Congresswoman Luria’s amendment to H.R. 3504, the Ryan Kules Specially Adaptive Housing Improvement Act, would expand the pool of veterans eligible to receive VA-administered Specialty Adapted Housing (SAH) grants to include blinded veterans.

These grants fund important housing renovations such as ramps, handrails, grab bars, and sliding doors. 

Currently, only blinded veterans who have lost the use of one or both legs are eligible for VA-administered SAH grants. As a result, VA turns away blinded veterans who need assistance for the sole reason that they can use their legs.

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“Blinded veterans served heroically and sacrificed for our nation. They deserve equal access to opportunities for growth and independence, and I am honored to champion their cause,” Congresswoman Elaine Luria said. “Many of these brave men and women need these adjustments to their homes now. Our blinded veterans shouldn’t have to wait any longer.”

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