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Navigating Auto-Related VA Benefits for 100% Service-Connected Disabled Veterans

Hello to all our brave veterans,

Today, we’re focusing on some of the significant benefits the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers veterans with a 100% service-connected disability. More specifically, we’ll look at vehicle benefits –essential for many to maintain independence, work, and generally navigate daily life.

The goal here is to accommodate the specific needs of the disabled veteran, making it easier for them to operate their vehicle. Modifications might include adaptive steering, brakes, seats, and other specialized equipment to help eligible veterans enter, exit, and operate their vehicles safely and independently.

Helping Hand in Vehicle Purchase

One of the standout benefits that the VA provides for eligible veterans is Vehicle Purchase Assistance. If you’re a veteran with specific service-connected disabilities, you could receive a one-time Auto Grant for purchasing an automobile or other conveyance.

As of 10/01/2022, this assistance amount is $24,115.12. However, it’s worth noting that this sum is annually adjusted in October to align with the cost of living. Therefore, the current amount might differ.

Adaptive Equipment Grant: Customizing Vehicles for Your Needs

As stated above, the one-time auto grant is only used to purchase a chassis. To buy and install any adaptive equipment needed, the VA provides an Adaptive Equipment Grant. This grant provides financial assistance toward installing adaptive equipment or modifying a vehicle for accessibility.

Unlike the Automobile Grant, the Adaptive Equipment Grant is available for veterans to use every two years. At Superior Van & Mobility, we have veterans who have used both grants in tandem toward a wheelchair-accessible van. Doing this has allows us to trade most veterans into a new vehicle every two years at little to no cost.

Are You Elegible?

Now, you might be wondering who qualifies for these benefits. As of 2022, the VA stipulates that to be eligible for these benefits, the veteran must have a 100% service-connected disability and have one of the following:

  • Loss, or permanent loss of use, of one or both feet or hands
  • Permanent impairment of vision in both eyes to a certain degree
  • Severe burn injury
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

However, as with all things bureaucratic, policies can and do change. Therefore, to determine eligibility for the most current information, please visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website or contact the Prosthetics Department of the VA directly or a mobility consultant at your local mobility dealer.

Don’t forget that your state may offer additional benefits for disabled veterans, like reduced registration fees, free parking, or exemption from emission testing. It’s worth your time to check with your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles or Veterans Affairs office for state-specific benefits.

In conclusion, if you’re a veteran with a 100% service-connected disability, know you’re not alone. The VA provides these and many other benefits to assist you in your everyday life, recognizing your sacrifices for our country. So, leverage these resources and support to help navigate life post-service a little easier.

Richard W. Maxwell, MBA

Richard W. Maxwell, MBA

Richard Maxwell, is a seasoned automotive marketing executive with over two decades of experience. Starting in 1999 with his advertising agency, Maxx Design & Marketing, he has consistently delivered innovative marketing solutions. After earning his MBA, Richard shifted focus to adaptive technology, serving as Marketing Manager for Superior Van & Mobility. Today, he leverages his expertise to promote and educate others about adaptive equipment in transportation and drive change in accessible mobility.

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