United Spinal to Host Free Webinars on Accessible Housing for Disabled Vets and Non-Service Disability Pension Benefits

Oct 31, 2013, 09:10 ET from United Spinal Association

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NEW YORK, Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal Association's program VetsFirst,  will host two free webinars in November on accessible housing for disabled vets and non-service connected disability pension benefits provided by the VA.

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The first webinar Increasing Access to Accessible Housing for Disabled Veterans, will take a closer look at the programs that are available to assist veterans through VA with accessible housing.

The webinar will also focus on VetsFirst efforts in Washington, D.C. to provide additional help for disabled veterans, including those who may not currently be eligible for VA assistance, who need support in adapting their homes.

"Access to affordable, accessible housing is critical to ensuring disabled veterans are able to live independent lives in their communities," said Heather Ansley, Esq., MSW, and Vice President of VetsFirst.

"The more veterans who are informed of their rights and the tools available to them the better. This will only help strengthen future policies," she added.

The second webinar Non-Service-Connected Disability Pension Benefits, will be of great value to many veterans who have disabilities not related to their military service and want to know what monetary benefits are available to them from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 

The webinar will discuss how the VA provides a pension benefit to wartime veterans who are low-income and age 65 or older, or if under 65, are permanently and totally disabled.  It will also focus on the basic eligibility criteria for VA pension and explain step-by-step how to apply for this monetary benefit.

About United Spinal Association
United Spinal is a national 501(c) (3) nonprofit membership organization formed in 1946 by paralyzed veterans and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Americans with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, ALS and post-polio. It played a significant role in writing the Americans with Disabilities Act, and made important contributions to the Fair Housing Amendments Act and the Air Carrier Access Act. Membership is free and is open to all individuals with SCI/D. United Spinal was instrumental in getting New York City to create sidewalk curb ramps and accessible public transportation that has been used as a model for many United States cities.

About VetsFirst
VetsFirst represents the culmination of over 65 years of service to veterans and their families. United Spinal Association, through its veterans service program, VetsFirst, provides representation for veterans, their dependents and survivors in their pursuit of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and health care before VA. VetsFirst also engages in advocacy to ensure that veterans with disabilities are able to reintegrating into and remain active members of their communities.

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United Spinal Association                                             
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Heather L. Ansley

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