Making Housing More Accessible for Many of America’s Returning Vets
The cost of military service is high for those who return disabled — whether that disability is physical or mental.
An astounding number of veterans return home from service in need of extreme help. According to the Census Bureau, 3.6 million veterans in the U.S. were living with a service-connected disability in 2013. Severe injuries can include loss of limbs and other severe physical problems, as well as emotional suffering incurred from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
These disabilities can interfere with daily living and make everyday activities challenging. In addition, many veterans are living in homes that do not accommodate their disabilities — for example, those requiring wheelchairs to get around. Some may be homeless or unable to purchase a home that can be adapted to meet their physical or psychological needs.