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Government assistance for individuals with spinal cord injury is available through local, state, and federal programs. Resources include information on how to apply for disability benefits through programs like Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Learn about Spinal Cord Injury Waivers and eligibility to receive health care assistance at home or in the community. Support services can range from locating and paying for attendant care and personal assistance, assistive technology, consumable medical supplies, emergency alert response system installation, environmental accessibility adaptations, personal counseling, rehabilitation engineering evaluation, transportation services, and transition case management.

Other government programs support continuation of education and training, employment, family and caregiver support, housing needs and transportation. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs supports VA specialty centers for veterans with spinal cord injuries that provide access to medical and mental health, and social services.

Make The Connection is an online resource designed to connect Veterans, their family members and friends, and other supporters with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives. Search their extensive video library to hear stories of strength and recovery. Explore information about signs, symptoms, and conditions that are related to mental health and well-being.