Retired Army Capt. Ryan Kules with his wife Nancy and their children Jillian, Liv and Evan. Injured by a roadside bomb in 2005, Kules lost his right arm above the elbow and his left leg above the knee. He now works with Wounded Warrior Project and helped push for new legislation to get more government funding for disabled veterans to modify their homes. PHOTO COURTESY RYAN KULES.
Retired Army Capt. Ryan Kules with his wife Nancy and their children Jillian, Liv and Evan. Injured by a roadside bomb in 2005, Kules lost his right arm above the elbow and his left leg above the knee. He now works with Wounded Warrior Project and helped push for new legislation to get more government funding for disabled veterans to modify their homes. PHOTO COURTESY RYAN KULES.

Bill to improve VA adaptive housing grants passes House

by Rose L. Thayer
Stars and Stripes

A bill to increase the amount of funding available to disabled veterans to adapt their homes to meet their needs is one step closer to becoming law.

The Ryan Kules Specially Adaptive Housing Improvement Act of 2019 passed the House on Tuesday night by a voice vote.

The bill, introduced by Reps. Mike Levin, D-Calif., and Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., updates the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Specially Adapted Housing grant program, which now provides a maximum of $85,000 to veterans with certain permanent, service-connected disabilities, with the most common being bilateral amputees. The new law ups the amount of the grant to about $90,000 and allows veterans to receive funds up to six times.

Following the vote, former Army Capt. Ryan Kules, for whom the legislation is named, said it was “a great step toward ensuring wounded veterans have access to flexible resources to adapt their homes, which helps meet their changing needs throughout life.”

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