• VA Special Adaptive Housing and How To Apply

    Written by Onaolapo Adeyemi. Posted in EMDR

    VA Special Adaptive Housing and How To Apply

    VA gives gifts to Service members and Veterans with certain perpetual and aggregate administration associated inabilities to buy or develop an adjusted home, or change a current home to oblige an incapacity. Two award programs exist: the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) stipend and the Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) gift.

    Eligibility/ QualificationOn the off chance that you are a Service member or Veteran with a lasting and aggregate administration associated handicap, you might be qualified for a Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) award or a Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) gift. The table beneath gives an outline of VA’s lodging award programs for Veterans with certain administration associated in-capacities.

    VA Special Adaptive Housing

    Special Adaptive Housing and How To Apply

    Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) GrantSAH stipends offer Veterans with certain administration associated inabilities some assistance with living autonomously in a hindrance free environment. SAH gifts can be utilized as a part of one of the accompanying ways:

      Build a uniquely adjusted home ashore to be gained Construct a home ashore effectively possessed on the off chance that it is suitable for uncommonly adjusted lodging Redesign a current home on the off chance that it can be made suitable for uniquely adjusted lodging Apply the award against the unpaid key home loan parity of an adjusted home officially gained without the help of a VA stipend

    Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) Grant SHA stipends offer Veterans with certain administration associated inabilities some assistance with adapting or buy a home to suit the handicap. You can utilize SHA stipends in one of the accompanying ways:

      Adjust a current home the Veteran or a relative as of now possesses in which the Veteran lives Adjust a home the Veteran or relative means to buy in which the Veteran will live Offer a Veteran buy a home effectively some assistance with adapting in which the Veteran will live

    Benefit and Advantages – What to Expect

    The SAH and SHA advantage sum is set by law, however might be balanced upward every year in view of an expense of-development record. The greatest dollar sum admissible for SAH gifts in monetary year 2016 is $73,768. The most extreme dollar sum permissible for SHA stipend in monetary year 2016 is $14,754. No individual might utilize the gift advantage more than three times up to the most extreme dollar sum admissible.

    An interim gift might be accessible to SAH/SHA qualified Veterans and Servicemembers who are or will be incidentally dwelling in a home claimed by a relative. The most extreme sum accessible to adjust a relative’s home for the SAH award is $32,384 and for the SHA stipend is $5,782.

    How to Apply

    For more information and how to apply – Fill out and submit VA Form 26-4555, Application in Acquiring Specially Adapted Housing or Special Home Adaptation Grant. You can access this form by:

    • Applying online via www.ebenefits.va.gov
    • Downloading VA Form 26-4555, Application in Acquiring Specially Adapted Housing or Special Home Adaptation Grant and mailing it to your nearest Regional Loan Center
    • Calling VA toll free at 1-800-827-1000 to have a claim form mailed to you
    • Visiting the nearest VA regional office. Find the office nearest you by visiting VA Regional Office Locations or calling VA toll-free at 1-800-827-1000

    Need more information or have questions? Contact a Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) staff member via email at sahinfo.vbaco@va.gov or by phone at (877) 827-3702.  Need to find a SAH Agent in your vicinity?  Please go to our SAH Agent page to find an agent near you.

    How to Rewire Your Brain to Fight PTSD and Trauma

    Written by Onaolapo Adeyemi. Posted in Alternative Trauma, Military, ptsd

    PTSD Symptoms – Rewire Your Brain to Fight PTSD Symptoms and Trauma

    PTSD symptoms and trauma, according to the VA Web site is a mental health problem that can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like war, assault, an accident or disaster.  After a trauma or life-threatening event, it is common to have reactions such as upsetting memories of the event, increased jumpiness, or trouble sleeping. Note that you don’t have to go to war before you can experience such reactions.  People with bad bosses at work, or kids that are being picked upon by bullies tend to have these symptoms.  If these reactions do not go away or if they get worse, you may have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as (PTSD).  I enjoy writing and sharing all these information to the public because of my own experience with ptsd symptoms.  I understand what these men and women who have served are going through because I am a wounded warrior.  Please share as you read, and watch these videos.  The information could be of help top someone you know.

    Video credit – Credit to National Geographic Television.  More information on this new technique can be found at Http://Channel.NationalGeographic.Com/channel/brain-games/videos/defusing-ptsd/

    What are the symptoms of PTSD?

    PTSD Symptoms and Side effects of PTSD might disturb your life and make it difficult to proceed with your every day exercises. You might think that its hard just to traverse the day.

    There are four sorts of PTSD symptoms and side effects:

    1. Reliving the event (also called re-experiencing symptoms)

    Memories of the traumatic event can come back at any time. You may feel the same fear and horror you did when the event took place. For example:

      • You may have nightmares.
      • You may feel like you are going through the event again. This is called a flashback.
      • You may see, hear, or smell something that causes you to relive the event. This is called a trigger. News reports, seeing an accident, or hearing a car backfire are examples of triggers.
    1. Avoiding situations that remind you of the event

    You may try to avoid situations or people that trigger memories of the traumatic event. You may even avoid talking or thinking about the event. For example:

      • You may avoid crowds, because they feel dangerous.
      • You may avoid driving if you were in a car accident or if your military convoy was bombed.
      • If you were in an earthquake, you may avoid watching movies about earthquakes.
      • You may keep very busy or avoid seeking help because it keeps you from having to think or talk about the event.
    1. Negative changes in beliefs and feelings

    The way you think about yourself and others changes because of the trauma. This symptom has many aspects, including the following:

      • You may not have positive or loving feelings toward other people and may stay away from relationships.
      • You may forget about parts of the traumatic event or not be able to talk about them.
      • You may think the world is completely dangerous, and no one can be trusted.
    1. Feeling keyed up (also called hyperarousal)

    You may be jittery, or always alert and on the lookout for danger. You might suddenly become angry or irritable. This is known as hyper arousal. For example:

      • You may have a hard time sleeping.
      • You may have trouble concentrating.
      • You may be startled by a loud noise or surprise.
      • You might want to have your back to a wall in a restaurant or waiting room.

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