Letter to the editor: It's not easy to get a ramp from the VA

Posted 2/16/21

Recently, someone posted misinformation about the VA and ramps.

To Our Valued Readers –

Visitors to our website will be limited to five stories per month unless they opt to subscribe.

For $5.99, less than 20 cents a day, subscribers will receive unlimited access to SouthCentralFloridaLife.com, including exclusive content from our newsroom.

Our commitment to balanced, fair reporting and local coverage provides insight and perspective not found anywhere else.

Your financial commitment will help to preserve the kind of honest journalism produced by our reporters and editors. We trust you agree that independent journalism is an essential component of our democracy.

Please click here to subscribe.

Katrina Elsken, Editor-in-Chief, Independent Newsmedia

Please log in to continue

Log in
I am anchor

Letter to the editor: It's not easy to get a ramp from the VA


OKEECHOBEE - Recently, someone posted some misinformation about the VA, saying it pays people to build ramps and do bathroom ramps. Both Wade Hunt and I were mentioned in this post, and I felt  the best way to handle this was to share the facts about it.

It is true that the VA does pay contractors to do that through a specialty housing grant or orders from an Orthopedic doctor, but what people don't know is that the specialty housing adaptation grant could take up to two years to complete the application process, and then if you are lucky, you may get one.

Plus there are  a lot of different criteria to meet. Going through the Orthopedic doctor is difficult  too. You pretty much have to be permanently wheelchair bound for this and still more hoops to jump through.

As we know, the VA lacks in helping our veterans in certain areas, and the paperwork and numerous doctor visits to get approved for one can be stressful to the veteran - to where they give up or don't even bother to do it.

That is why people like Wade and I do what we do. There's been times that I've personally called Wade to do a ramp because I was busy doing something, and there have been times Wade has reached out to me needing help with materials or asking if I knew a veteran in need.

A lot of times, the ramps or  other project we do for veterans are short on funding to complete, and we both have dug into our own pockets to cover the rest.

The VFW South has been instrumental in helping out at times, but due to Covid things have been tight for everyone financially, and Wade and I are blessed to live in the community that we do that always seems to step forward in time of need.

"Sweat equity" is also appreciated from people.

veterans, ramps, VA