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"Still Serving America" is the motto of The American Legion. Veterans who continue their service to America by still serving their communities. Veterans whose involvement in the community creates and supports the feeling of camaraderie which makes The American Legion the nation's largest and the most respected organization of wartime veterans. 

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Virginia Housing Grants for Disabled Veterans





The Virginia Housing Development Authority has initiated a new program to assist Virginia’s servicemen and women – Granting Freedom.


The program makes grants up to $4,000 available to veterans who were injured during combat and need some type of housing modification as a result. The grants are available to pay for modification work on Virginia homes or apartments to make them accessible.


VHDA, in conjunction with the Department of Housing and Community Development and Community Housing Partners, currently has more than $1 million in grant funds available to help veterans pay for modifications to their houses and apartments,” said Ann Bolen, VHDA Special Funding Officer. “I encourage anyone to contact us if they know any veterans who may qualify for this grant program.”


Granting Freedom helps fill a gap in existing services. Currently, disabled veterans receive federal assistance in modifying a home they own, but this assistance has not been available until now for rental housing. If property is rented, landlord approval is required.


Grants are available for accessibility improvements, including widened doorways, lower counters, wheelchair ramps, grab bars, Tubcuts®, visual smoke detectors and other modifications. A recommendation for the housing modification is required from a VA Hospital Rehabilitation Officer, VA attending physician or VA physical therapist.


Once approved for a grant, veterans will have 120 days to have the modification work completed and inspected. Once the modification is made and inspected, VHDA will mail a check to the contractor within 10 days.  


Wachovia was the first private company to contribute to the Granting Freedom program.


For more information about Granting Freedom, call VHDA toll-free at 1-877-VHDA-123, e-mail or visit



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