The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, or VA, is a government department designed to offer benefits to current and former U.S. military service people. The VA offers a variety of benefits such as health care assistance, life insurance programs and financial assistance which may include grants. A grant is an award of money for a specific purpose that does not have to be paid back.
Temporary Residence Adaptation Grant
The Temporary Residence Adaptation grant, or TRA, is a VA grant program that can provide financial assistance to servicemen that have a service related disability. The VA states that conditions such as blindness in both eyes or the loss of loss of use of an extremely can qualify a veteran for the grant. The TRA grant is an award of up to $14,000 that a veteran may use to alter a residence to meet his special needs.
Automobile and Special Adaptive Equipment Grants
Automobile and special adaptive equipment grants are VA monetary awards available to disabled servicemen. The VA states that to be eligible, you must have lost the use of one or both hands, one or both legs or have permanent vision impairment in both eyes. The grant can pay up to $11,000 for a used or new automobile that accommodated the veteran needs and is paid directly to the seller of a car. The grant can only be taken once. In addition, some veterans may qualify for special adaptive equipment such as systems to help the veteran get into and out of the vehicle.
The Post 9/11 GI Bill is an education assistance program administered by the VA which grants funds to veterans seeking higher education. According to the VA, the GI Bill can grant for a veteran's tuition and fees for higher education for 36 months, which cannot exceed the amount of maximum in-state tuition and fees at a public institution. In addition, the VA will provide addition funds of up to $1,000 for books and other education-related supplies based on the veteran's course load.
The VA provides many other benefits besides grants that go toward specific purposes. For example, veterans may be eligible for pensions based on disabilities or age and income level and funds received may be spent on expenses at the discretion of the veteran. The VA hosts links to information about many of its programs on its official website.
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