U.S. Code, Title 38, Veterans’ Benefits

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Author: "U.S. Congress, Office of the Law Revision Counsel"

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§ 2101. Veterans Eligible for Assistance

     (a) The Secretary is authorized, under such regulations as the Secretary may prescribe, to assist any veteran who is entitled to compensation under chapter 11 of this title for permanent and total service-connected disability—

     (1) due to the loss, or loss of use, of both lower extremities, such as to preclude locomotion without the aid of braces, crutches, canes, or a wheelchair, or

     (2) which includes (A) blindness in both eyes, having only light perception, plus (B) loss or loss of use of one lower extremity, or

     (3) due to the loss or loss of use of one lower extremity together with (A) residuals of organic disease or injury, or (B) the loss or loss of use of one upper extremity, which so affect the functions of balance or propulsion as to preclude locomotion without the aid of braces, crutches, canes, or a wheelchair,

in acquiring a suitable housing unit with special fixtures or movable facilities made necessary by the nature of the veteran’s disability, and necessary land therefor. The regulations of the Secretary shall include, but not be limited to, provisions requiring findings that (1) it is medically feasible for such veteran to reside in the proposed housing unit and in the proposed locality; (2) the proposed housing unit bears a proper relation to the veteran’s present and anticipated income and expenses; and (3) the nature and condition of the proposed housing unit are such as to be suitable to the veteran’s needs for dwelling purposes.

     (b)(1) Subject to paragraph (2) of this subsection, the Secretary, under regulations which the Secretary shall prescribe, shall assist any veteran (other than a veteran who is eligible for assistance under subsection (a) of this section) who is entitled to compensation under chapter 11 of this title for a permanent and total service-connected disability which—

     (A) is due to blindness in both eyes with 5/200 visual acuity or less, or

     (B) includes the anatomical loss or loss of use of both hands,

in acquiring such adaptations to such veteran’s residence as are determined by the Secretary to be reasonably necessary because of such disability or in acquiring a residence already adapted with special features determined by the Secretary to be reasonably necessary for the veteran because of such disability.

     (2) Assistance under paragraph (1) of this subsection may be provided only to a veteran who the Secretary determines is residing in and reasonably intends to continue residing in a residence owned by such veteran or by a member of such veteran’s family or, if the veteran’s residence is to be constructed or purchased, will be residing in and reasonably intends to continue residing in a residence owned by such veteran or by a member of such veteran’s family.

(Pub. L. 85–857, Sept. 2, 1958, 72 Stat. 1168, § 801; Pub. L. 86–239, Sept. 8, 1959, 73 Stat. 472; Pub. L. 88–401, Aug. 4, 1964, 78 Stat. 380; Pub. L. 91–22, § 1, June 6, 1969, 83 Stat. 32; Pub. L. 95–117, title IV, § 401, Oct. 3, 1977, 91 Stat. 1065; Pub. L. 96–385, title III, § 301(a), Oct. 7, 1980, 94 Stat. 1531; Pub. L. 99–576, title IV, § 401(a), title VII, §§ 701(48), 702(7), Oct. 28, 1986, 100 Stat. 3280, 3295, 3302; renumbered § 2101 and amended Pub. L. 102–83, §§ 4(b)(1), (2)(E), 5(a), Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 404–406.)

Prior Provisions

     Prior section 2101, Pub. L. 85–857, Sept. 2, 1958, 72 Stat. 1222, related to eligibility for mustering-out payments, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 89–50, § 1(a), June 24, 1965, 79 Stat. 173, effective July 1, 1966.

Amendments

     1991—Pub. L. 102–83 renumbered section 801 of this title as this section and substituted "Secretary" for "Administrator" wherever appearing.

     1986—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 99–576, §§ 701(48), 702(7), substituted "the Administrator" for "he" and "veteran who" for "veteran, who", and struck out ", based on service after April 20, 1898," after "chapter 11 of this title".

     Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 99–576, § 401(a), inserted at end "or in acquiring a residence already adapted with special features determined by the Administrator to be reasonably necessary for the veteran because of such disability".

     1980—Pub. L. 96–385 designated existing provisions as subsec. (a) and added subsec. (b).

     1978—Pub. L. 95–117 in cl. (3) inserted reference to loss or loss of use of one upper extremity and reference to braces, crutches, and canes.

     1969—Pub. L. 91–22 added cl. (3) which authorized the Administrator to provide housing assistance to veterans whose permanent and total disability consists of loss or loss of use of one lower extremity when such loss precludes locomotion without a wheelchair.

     1964—Pub. L. 88–401 struck out provisions from cl. (2)(B) which required such permanent and total disability to be such as to preclude locomotion without the aid of a wheelchair.

     1959—Pub. L. 86–239 designated existing provisions of first sentence as cl. (1), struck out "by reason of amputation, ankylosis, progressive muscular dystrophies, or paralysis" after "loss of use", and added cl. (2).

Effective Date of 1980 Amendment

     Amendment by Pub. L. 96–385 effective Oct. 1, 1980, see section 601(b) of Pub. L. 96–385, set out as a note under section 1114 of this title.

Effective Date of 1977 Amendment

     Amendment by Pub. L. 95–117 effective Oct. 1, 1977, see section 501 of Pub. L. 95–117, set out as a note under section 1114 of this title.

Section Referred to in Other Sections

     This section is referred to in sections 2102, 2104 of this title.

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