Veterans Service Fair

If you need help with VA Benefits, VA Medical, jobs, housing, etc., join us at the Veterans Service Fair on October 11, 2017.   For details click on this link  2017 Veterans Service Fair

2017 Air Races

It’s time once again for the Reno Air Races.   Click this link for details. Air Races 2017

The Grand Canyon Tour Company

Thanks to The Grand Canyon Tour Company for being our Presenting Sponsor for our 5th Annual Walk, Run and Roll.  For more information on their tours click.

ADA Auto Club

ADA Nationwide offers access to benefits and services specially created with wheelchair driver and passenger in mind. Our membership provides drivers with disabilities and security of knowing that we will go the distance with them when the vehicle or wheelchair they use fails in some way! Services are available 24 HOURS A DAY – 365 DAYS A YEAR with a vendor network of over 47,000 service providers nationwide. The founders of ADA Nationwide have a combined 20+ years of automotive and roadside assistance experience in assisting drivers and passengers who use a wheelchair.
 
ADA Auto Club, understands that different drivers have different needs. Whether you find yourself with a vehicle problem or a wheelchair or lift malfunction, you will always have a dedicated specialist there to go the distance with you through the entire call process. Our mission is to remain devoted to the security and safety of our members while traveling, and we will work to keep our members mobile when a vehicle or mobility device stops working because being left behind is never an option.
 
In additions to the specialized services and benefits of your membership with ADA Nationwide, you are helping to sustain important accessible services for people with disabilities nationwide!
Attached is a brochure and enrollment form with discounts for Paralyzed Veterans of America. The offer on the attached form is for Veterans only. Anyone who wishes to get membership can mail the form. The form may also be sent by Fax or email. Of course a person can dial our toll free number at 800-720-3132 and tells us they are a Paralyzed Veteran of America to get the discount.  ADA forms.

Air Access/New Website

PVA launched www.AirAccess30.org.  The purpose of this website is to collect stories from PVA members and the disability community about their air travel experiences.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). As you know, PVA played a leading role in the passage of the ACAA. Now, we are working with the broader disability community to bring attention to the successes and failures in air travel for passengers with disabilities.  The National Advocacy Program will be leading an initiative, in concert with our partners in the disability community, to reopen the ACAA and amend the law to improve the air travel experience for people with disabilities and to provide for recourse when our members and all people with disabilities have negative experiences in the course of that travel.
We are calling on all PVA members to actively engage with us in this effort.  Please share this website- www.AirAccess30.org -widely to ensure all PVA members are aware and encourage them to provide us with their stories. We will be using these stories to increase advocacy around the ACAA and improve air travel for all people with disabilities.
For those of you who are actively involved in social media, please share the www.AirAccess30.org site.  We are also using the hashtag #ACAA30.

New Ancillary Benefits

New Ancillary Benefit Rates

By Patti Matysiak and Ian Kenner

The Veterans Benefits Administration recently came out with the new rates for Ancillary Benefits; which became effective October 1, 2015 (FY 2016). Ancillary benefits are grants to certain Service members and Veterans with severe service-connected disabilities to assist them with home adaption and a one-time auto grant.

The new Automobile Grant is $20,174.68; any automobile grants received on or after 10/1/2015 may be paid at the new rate. If an automobile request was received by the VA on or after 10/1/2015 and the old rate of $20,114.34 was paid; the veteran may be entitled to an additional payment of $60.34 which may be paid directly to the veteran. The VA will review the documentation received to determine the purchase price of the automobile.

The new Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) rates are $73,768; which is designed to help disabled veterans by providing a barrier-free living environment.

The new Special Home Adaptation (SHA) rate is $14,754; which is available to certain veterans and service members who are entitled to disability compensation due to:

Blindness in both eyes with 20/20 visual acuity or less in the better eye with the use of a standard correcting lens or

The anatomical loss or loss of use of both hands or extremities below the elbow or

A severe burn injury (per 38 CFR 3.809a)

The new Temporary Residence Assistance rate is $32,384; which is a temporary grant available to eligible veterans and service members who are entitled to specially adapted housing; but will be temporarily residing in a home owned by a family member. The new Temporary Residence Assistance rate for Veterans and service members eligible for SHA is $5,782. Per the 38 USC 2102, no veteran may utilize the specially adapted housing more than three times up to the current dollar amount.

For example; if an eligible veteran utilized $50,000 of the specially adapted housing grant in 2008; he/she could utilize the remainder of $23,768 to equal the current rate of $73,768.

If you have any questions, please contact Ian Kenner, National Service Officer in Reno, NV at 775-321-4789 or Patti Matysiak, Accredited Secretary in Las Vegas, NV at 702-791-9000 ext. 14458.

 

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, we have ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.

As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation, and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families, and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Amazon Smile

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchase to Nevada PVA. Please use this link when doing your Amazon shopping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New NVPVA Site!

Don’t forget to attend our SCI/D Support Group Meeting.  The first meeting will be held on the first Wednesday of every month from 12-1 p.m at the VA Medical Center, 6900 N. Pecos Road.  We will meet in Room 1A139 (across from Rehab Med).  This is open to all SCI/D veterans and their caregivers.