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.