Kraft’s disabled veterans housing bill signed into law

Legislation helping disabled veterans with adapted housing costs was signed into law today.

Rep. Vicki Kraft, R-Vancouver, sponsored the bill that helps disabled veterans with some of the costs associated with home modifications. House Bill 2138 provides a tax exemption for the labor and materials associated with constructing an adapted home, or modifying an existing residence, to accommodate a service related disability.

“I’m proud my first bill signed into law is one that benefits veterans and recognizes the sacrifice and service they’ve made for all of us,” said Kraft. “They answered their country’s call. It’s essential we do all we can for them.”

Kraft’s bill recognizes the importance of access to affordable, accessible housing for disabled veterans. The ability to return home after a life altering disability is an important part of the healing process. Home modifications are often needed prior to, or immediately following, a veteran returning home.

Disabled veterans qualified to receive adapted housing assistance through the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) would be eligible under Kraft’s bill. Disabled veterans can apply for help for constructing, or modifying, a home for service related injuries through the VA’s Specially Adapted Housing or Special Housing Adaption grant programs.

The law goes into effect Aug. 1, 2017.

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