FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 30, 2016
Lani Poblete 202-416-7667
Funding will help disabled veterans live more independently
Washington, DC—Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) is pleased that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded $784,421 in total in Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology (SAHAT) Grants to four awardees: Auburn University, Philips Research of North America, Simply Home LLC., and St. Ambrose University. The four awardees will use the grant funds to develop new technologies that will enhance veterans and servicemembers’ abilities to live in specially adapted homes.
The SAHAT Grant Program was authorized by Congress to design assistive technologies to expand home modification options for veterans who apply for VA’s Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) benefit. VA administers the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Grant Program directly to veterans and servicemembers with certain service-connected disabilities. The SAH program provides funds to modify or construct an adapted home to meet their needs. Typical adaptations include ramps, wider halls and doors, and wheelchair-accessible bathrooms.
About Paralyzed Veterans of America:
Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, we have ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.
As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. (www.pva.org)