Iraq War Veteran Struggling To Get VA Help

St. Johns, MI (WLNS) – There are many services available for those who protect our country, but not all of them are as helpful as you may think.
6 News Sharon Yoo has more on the road blocks one veteran is hitting, just trying to get reimbursed for something the government said they would provide.

He injured his left leg in Iraq back in 2006 and then he had to go through an amputation in September 2013.
“I had just less than four weeks to prepare for the amputation, as far as getting things arranged here,” said Bobby Body, Iraq war veteran.

And so he did. He got to work on preparing his home to be wheelchair-friendly by applying for a home improvement and structural alterations grant from Veterans Affairs so he could build a ramp for easy access. They told him he could call a contractor to build the ramp.

“And then you can have him reimbursed, through the VA. And the VA would go ahead and do that because you are 100% service connected and qualify for a $6,800 grant for special adaptive equipment,”

But the VA rejected his HISA application and the reimbursement never came. Turns out somewhere along the line of his medical staff in charge his document with proof that he needs a wheelchair ramp was never filed.
“It turned into one thought the other was going do it, but no one ended up doing it at all,” said Body.

So now Body is stuck with a $4,500 bill for the ramp and no grant to pay it off.
“The VA is making promises of yes we’re gonna do this for you, we’re gonna do that for you, and then they turn around and they don’t do anything.”

Body says although he is upset all he wants is to have his contractor paid. And for other veterans to, “do their research before they take the VA’s word for helping them out.”
Body says he won’t back down until the reimbursements have been made.

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