This week, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia is the first state in the nation to functionally end veteran homelessness. This is a great accomplishment for our state. VDDHH, Virginia Relay, and Hamilton Relay share Governor’s McAuliffe’s commitment to supporting our local veterans.
Because we understand that the ability to use a telephone is instrumental to living independently at home, veterans living with a hearing or speech loss are automatically eligible to apply for no-cost telecommunications equipment through Virginia’s Technology Assistance Program (TAP).
Adaptive telecommunications equipment, including text telephones (TTY), captioned telephones (CapTel) and other devices are available to individuals who meet one of the following qualifications:
In addition, Virginia Relay’s contracted service provider, Hamilton Relay, offers the Heroes With Hearing Loss program to raise awareness and initiate meaningful dialog about shared hearing loss experiences among veterans, their families and friends.
Hearing loss is the number one service-related injury affecting veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Heroes With Hearing Loss works to connect these veterans with solutions to help manage the impact of hearing loss and communicate more effectively with family and friends. To learn more about Heroes With Hearing Loss, visit www.HeroesWithHearingLoss.org.
Together, we can ensure that Virginia’s veterans have the support and services they need to continue living in their homes.