State Representative Carlo Basile has sponsored legislation that would require the state to pay for home modifications for military veterans who lose a limb or the use of a limb in service to their country.
“It breaks my heart to see our returning veterans, those who have sacrificed so much for all of us and our country, struggle even more to re-acclimate themselves to life after service,” Basile said Tuesday in a statement released by his office.
“These men and women have suffered terrible injuries to protect us all and we must do all we can to help them regain their independence and live their lives to the fullest,” he added.
The bill would require the state to cover up to $75,000 in modifications to housing owned or rented by veterans, subject to appropriation. Under the bill, the state’s commissioner of veterans’ services would set rules for identifying eligible veterans and awarding benefits.
Basile, an East Boston Democrat, has been vocal in his support of wounded veterans recently, making plans to ride his Harley-Davidson in the Second Annual Wounded Vet Ride from Everett to East Boston scheduled for Saturday, April 28. The representative is also donating much of the food for a cookout planned to follow the motorcycle rally.
Basile said in an interview earlier this month at the Italian American War Veterans Post 6 that every legislator he’s spoken with about the bill has offered to co-sign it.
“To me, it’s basically these kids are going to war — and that’s what they are, they’re kids — they’re giving their country their arms and their legs, literally, and we can’t give them a modified bathroom or kitchen?” Basile said in that interview. “I think it’s a disgrace.”