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The Virginia Housing Development Authority has announced a new program to assist Virginia’s servicemen and women injured during combat — Granting Freedom.

The program makes grants up to $4,000 available to wounded veterans who need some type of housing modification due to their injuries. The grants are available to pay for modification work on Virginia homes or apartments to make them accessible.

Grants are available immediately for accessibility such improvements as widened doorways, lower counters, wheelchair ramps and visual smoke detectors. A recommendation for the housing modification is required from a VA Hospital Rehabilitation Officer, VA attending physician or VA physical therapist.

There have been just “a handful” of applications since the program started, said spokesman Brian Matt, “but we’re looking to make more.”

Once approved, veterans will have 120 days to have the modification work completed and inspected. For more information about Granting Freedom, call VHDA at (877) 8432-123, e-mail julia.perkinson@vhda.com or visit www.vhda.com/freedom.

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