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State assists hearing and speech-impaired veterans

Thursday, Nov. 8 | By Alisa Booze Troetschel

Assistance with acquiring telecommunications equipment is available to military veterans with a hearing or speech loss.
The state of Virginia provides the aid through the Virginia Technology Assistance Program (TAP), administered by the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH).

The equipment includes text telephones (TTY) and captioned telephones (CapTel), as well as other devices.

In order to qualify for assistance, the veteran must have a hearing or speech loss and supply proof of honorable discharge or papers verifying a service-related disability rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

A spouse or child of a veteran killed in the line of duty who has a hearing or speech loss may also qualify.

And, an active member of the Virginia National Guard who has finished the mandatory initial active-duty service can get help obtaining telecommunications equipment.

TAP also offers telecommunications equipment to all qualified applicants who are unable to use a standard telephone. The applicants must have a hearing loss, or be blind, or have difficulty speaking. They must also be residents of Virginia and be income-qualified.
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