Rep. Vicki Kraft’s legislation to help disabled veterans approved by House

OLYMPIA — A measure that would provide disabled veterans with a sales tax exemption for costs associated with adapted housing was approved by the state House of Representatives Friday.

House Bill 2138, sponsored by Rep. Vicki Kraft, R-Vancouver, would apply to disabled veterans eligible to receive assistance through The Department of Veterans Affairs grant programs.

“The ability to return home after incurring a life changing disability is an important aspect of the healing process,” said Kraft. “Our disabled veterans face many unique challenges, acquiring accessible housing should not be one of them.”

Rep. Vicki Kraft sponsored a measure that would provide disabled veterans with a sales tax exemption for costs associated with adapted housing. It was approved by the state House of Representatives Friday. Photo courtesy of Washington State House Republican Communications
Rep. Vicki Kraft sponsored a measure that would provide disabled veterans with a sales tax exemption for costs associated with adapted housing. It was approved by the state House of Representatives Friday. Photo courtesy of Washington State House Republican Communications

Disabled veterans suffering from blindness, loss of limbs, severe burns, or other disabilities often need home modifications in order to return home. The Department of Veterans Affairs provides assistance with modifying, or building accessible housing for veterans permanently disabled because of service connected injuries.

Grants are available through the Department of Veterans Affairs Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) or Special Housing Adaption (SHA) programs. Kraft’s bill would apply to veterans eligible to receive assistance through those programs.

House Bill 2138 now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

The Legislature is scheduled to adjourn the regular session on April 23.

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