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Pennzoil, BraunAbility and PVA Provide Veterans the Gift of Mobility

Daily, thousands of Americans put their lives on the line serving in the military for our freedom. This past Memorial Day, we remembered those whose lives were lost and reminded ourselves that for many returning home, a new battle begins. In an effort to assist those who have sustained a paralyzing injury while active, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), BraunAbility, and Pennzoil® teamed up to retrofit three vehicles in an effort to give back the gift of mobility to paralyzed veterans.

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Hank Ebert retired Navy veteran receiving a wheelchair accessible vehicle from BraunAbility and Pennzoil

Hank Ebert, was one of those veterans who received a retrofitted BraunAbility Toyota Sienna minivan, featuring the latest technology in assisting paralyzed drivers, as part of Pennzoil’s “Love Your Car” program, a partnership they created with the PVA. Hank was a U.S. Navy veteran, and served four years in the Navy as a crewman on a rescue helicopter in Vietnam. Today, despite his injury, Ed stays active as he participates in the Veteran’s Wheelchair games, is a fishing guide, and an die hard drag racing fan. Ed was lucky enough to have been nominated by his local PVA chapter in Minnesota to receive the custom vehicle, and as you can see from the video, he was overwhelmed by the generosity.

“I’m incredibly excited. It hasn’t even sunk in yet how excited I am,” said U.S. Navy veteran, Hank Ebert. “From winning this vehicle, to being flown to Charlotte to see my first NASCAR race, to being here with all my friends to celebrate, it’s just awesome.”

Today, there are more than 44,000 American veterans living with paralysis and the effects of rising healthcare costs. These are veterans, who have been here for us, and are now in a great need of support. Which has led to the mission of the PVA’s “ABLE” campaign, which was developed to help the nation’s paralyzed veterans rebuild their lives. With support from companies like Pennzoil, Mission: ABLE will continue to provide American disabled veterans with the tools to help them regain their mobility.

BraunAbility With West Coast Customs Unveils It’s Concept Mobility Ford Explorer

We are happily waiting for more news on the new mobility concept vehicle from BraunAbility! A joint venture with West Coast Customs, BraunAbility delivered the first vehicle of it’s kind to a deserving Marine Veteran, Mike Delancey. This is a few photos of the 2014 Ford Explorer that was customized/converted to be wheelchair accessible.

Complete with a custom camo exterior!

 

 

 

Futuristic slide-out entry!

 

 

Spacious interior for the driver

and his passengers!

 

While this vehicle is receiving a lot of press, we hope the concept becomes a near reality and becomes part of the immense vehicle line-up BraunAbility already offers the disabled community.

We feel this would be an incredible addition to the legacy Ralph Braun has left behind. We can only imagine how proud he would have been to see this vehicle unveiled. He was always looking forward and for ways to improve the lives of those who many overlook.

You can find more photos and videos on our Facebook page by clicking here.

Way to Go BraunAbility, West Coast Customs and Mike Delancey!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veterans and Wheelchair Vans and Lifts – Making The Jump!

Superior Van & Mobility works with veterans on a daily basis in regard to their mobility needs. All veterans — whether older, younger, or in the middle are unique in their experiences, and in regard to the benefit levels they qualify for based on their level of service or injury. If you are just now learning about the VA process in regard to transportation and the benefits available to you, we can help. We work closely with all our local VA’s to help make the process easy and stress free for our veterans. If it’s time to get a wheelchair or scooter lift for your vehicle, or a wheelchair accessible van or truck, coming to Superior Van & Mobility first is a good starting point.
The first step is to find out from the VA if you are 100% Service Connected. If you are, you have some great benefits for your first van purchase. A mobility vehicle is viewed as two different products, the chassis (which is the normal van or truck portion) and the conversion (with is all the modifications needed to make it accessible to you). A signed VA form #4502 entitles a 100% Service Connected Veteran to a one-time vehicle benefit of $19,505 towards the CHASSIS purchase of a wheelchair accessible vehicle . The conversion portion (the modifications that are needed) are always covered at 100% for a 100% service connected veteran. Therefore, for a 100% service connected veteran that has a signed 4502 form from the VA, their first wheelchair van purchase could breakdown as follows:
Chassis Price: $25,000
Lowered Floor Conversion, Tie Downs and Hand Controls (modifications) : $25,000
Total Lowered Floor Van Purchase: $50,000
VA Paid Chassis Portion with signed 4502 Form: -$19,505
Modifications Covered by VA: -$25,000
Balance Before any trade-in from Veteran: $5,495 (this is the portion a veteran would pay out of pocket for a brand new lowered floor vehicle BEFORE any trade-in’s they may bring to the deal in this example).
If keeping your current vehicle is more appealing and you only need a lift to carry your chair or scooter with you, we can help too. First we would need to know the make and model of your chair or scooter and the make and model of your vehicle. This information tells us what type of hitch you will need for your car, or if a lift will fit inside, and what your car is equipped to carry on its rear without damaging the suspension. This information will then determine which lift will work best for you, and what type of lift you should apply for through the VA.
If you are curious about your situation or a veteran you know, please give Superior Van & Mobility a call and we can personally help walk you through the process. Please call 1-877-878-2304 to be connected to your nearest Superior Van & Mobility.