Disabled Veterans Grants for Wheelchair Vans, Adaptive Equipment

Feb 09, 2011

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Can a Disabled Veteran Receive Financial Assistance to Purchase an Adaptive Vehicle?

Financial assistance, in the form of a grant, is available to purchase a new or used wheelchair van to accommodate a veteran or service member with certain disabilities that resulted from an injury or disease incurred  during active military service.  The wheelchair van grant may also be paid, if disabilities are a result of medical treatment, examination, vocational rehabilitation, or compensated work therapy provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The grants for wheelchair vans and adaptive equipment is paid directly to the seller of the automobile for the total price (up to $11,000) of the vehicle.  The veteran or service member may only receive the automobile grant once in his/her lifetime.

What Disabilities Must You Have to Qualify for the Adaptive Equipment Grant?

A veteran or service member must have one of the following disabilities to qualify for the automobile grant:

* loss, or permanent loss of use, of one or both feet
* loss, or permanent loss of use, of one or both hands, or
* permanent impairment of vision in both eyes to a certain degree

Does Veterans Affairs (VA) Pay to Adapt a Vehicle?

Yes. Those qualified for the automobile grant, and veterans or service members with ankylosis (immobility of the joint) of one or both knees or hips resulting from an injury or disease incurred or aggravated by active military service may also qualify for the adaptive equipment grant. Adaptive equipment includes, but is not limited to, power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seats, and special equipment necessary to assist the eligible person into and out of the vehicle.  Contact should be made with your local VA medical center’s Prosthetic Department prior to purchasing any equipment.  The adaptive equipment grant may be paid more than once, and it may be paid to either the seller or the veteran.

For More Specific Information about Veterans Grants for Wheelchair Vans or Wheelchair Van Conversions, Call Toll-Free 1-800-827-1000
or Visit Their Web Site at http://www.va.gov.

Visit AMS Vans for all your wheelchair van conversion or handicap equipment needs at www.amsvans.com

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6 Comments

  1. jon edwards
    February 09, 2011

    Yup…I lost an arm and leg in Vietnam back in 1968, used my then $3200 vehicle grant in 1970.
    Sure the VA will pay for adaptive equipment but never again chip in on another van.

  2. Fred Stark
    February 10, 2011

    Does this mean that people with disabilities who do not serve in the military are not eligible to to enter the program ?

  3. Charles brown
    October 17, 2011

    Please send more information so I can see if I quilfy

  4. Joel
    April 10, 2012

    How can I find out what the VA will allow on a particular vehicle with options that I have been approved for as adaptive equiptment?

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