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Duringa recent VeteransBenefits Fair thatwas held in San Antonio, the TexasVeterans Land Board (VLB) receivedoverwhelming interest in the Texas VeteransHome Improvement Program.As you may know, Veterans and military members may receive loans upto $25,000 to be used for improvements made to a Veteran or militarymember’s primary residence.

TheVLB frequently receives inquiries from Veterans wishing to apply forhome improvement loans for adapted housing. Examples of suchimprovements include:

    Improvedentrance paths or driveways in the immediate area of the home.

    Entranceramps to ease access to the home.

    Modifiedshowers, sinks and counters for better accessibility.

    Upgradedplumbing or electrical systems made necessary due to installation ofhome medical equipment.

Forhome improvements being made to meet Veteran disability needs, theTexas VLB encourages eligible Veterans to seek grants made availablethrough the U.S.Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

TheVA provides a lifetime benefit up to $6,800 for HomeImprovements and Structural Alterations (HISA). Thisgrant must be used for modifications performed on a Veteran’sprimary residence. Unlike a home improvement loan, the HISA grantwill not need to be repaid.  Veterans who have service connecteddisability ratings of 50% or more may receive up to $6,800, whileVeterans who have a rating of 40% or less may receive up to $2,000.

Toapply for a HISA Grant, Veterans can refer to the following steps:

    Schedulean appointment with your VA primary care physician. Be sure to sharedetails about your specific need (e.g. walk-in shower) and request aprescription for a HISA grant.

    Allowtime for your primary care physician to submit a medical consult toa prosthetics department. The prescription your primary physiciansubmits will include the specific item required, diagnosis and yourcontact information.

    Expectto receive a hard copy of the HISA application – VA Form 26-4555 –by mail if you are eligible.

    Returnyour completed application along with one estimate for repairsand/or modifications.

    Receivean award letter for a grant benefit between four and six weeks fromthe time the application is submitted.

Formore information about the HISA grant, pleasevisit: http://www.prosthetics.va.gov/psas/HISA2.asp, or contact me and I will help you with the information.

Blogsubmitted by: Cyndi Cobb of The Real Estate Market Place – Sourcedfrom Veterans Land Board

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