Vicente Ramirez, an Army Veteran who lost one leg and injured the other in two IED blasts in Iraq in 2006, received a new home, built and paid for by the nonprofit Homes For Our Troops.
New residence helps recovery
Dozens of special features in the Ramirez residence make life easier for the Veteran. The new house will, he said, “take a huge burden off my daily living.” He now has the ability to maneuver a wheelchair throughout the home because of an open floor plan, eliminating many of his daily challenges.
By removing physical barriers, Ramirez feels that he can focus on providing a better future for his two children. He chose Florida as the location of his new forever home to be close to family.
Because of his supporters and the gift of this home, Ramirez feels like he can rebuild his own life, too. He’s also making plans to continue his education in criminal justice. “These homes not only help soldiers, but most importantly, these homes help Veterans be more productive individuals to family and friends.”
The nonprofit Homes For Our Troops builds specially adapted custom homes for seriously injured, post-9/11 Veterans. It provides homes at no cost to qualified Veterans and builds in a geographical area that meets the Veteran’s needs.
Because of Homes For Our Troops, almost 300 Veterans have new places to call home that improve their quality of life.
Who qualifies for an adapted home?
To qualify for a specially adapted home, a Veteran must have been injured in Iraq or Afghanistan, post-9/11, be retired (or in the process of retiring) from the service, received a letter of eligibility from the VA Specially Adapted Housing Grant program, and the gifted home must be the Veteran’s primary residence.
The recipient Veteran will be responsible for paying property taxes, insurance, and other home-ownership responsibilities.
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Isabel Nulter and Alyssa Morford are student interns with VA’s Digital Media Engagement team.