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Are You Looking for Resources & Grants That Can Help You Buy a Wheelchair Van?

Introduction:

For individuals and families whose lives involve a wheelchair, transportation can be a constant concern. The simple freedom to come and go as one pleases, often taken for granted, becomes a complex challenge. Fortunately, the struggle surrounding personal mobility and independence has been recognized, leading to numerous resources and financial aid programs catering to those needing wheelchair-accessible vehicles. This comprehensive guide will explore various avenues available for assistance, including grants and resources, to obtain a wheelchair van, ensuring mobility doesn’t remain a dream but becomes a reality.

Where Can I Get Help or a Grant to Purchase a Wheelchair-Accessible Van?

One of the first steps in your journey involves thorough research. A recommended resource for anyone beginning this process is SuperiorVan.com. Here, we have compiled an extensive list of helpful resources and information on grant opportunities at (https://www.superiorvan.com/research/links-resources/). Our webpage is an invaluable hub of information that connects our visitors to various financial assistance & grant opportunities. From non-profit organizations to Veteran’s assistance programs and manufacturer rebates, our dedicated webpage is a comprehensive starting point that can direct you to potential funding solutions.

Non-Profit Organizations & Grants For Handicap-Accessible Vehicles:

Several non-profit organizations understand the necessity of mobility in enhancing the quality of life. These organizations often offer grants and financial assistance to those purchasing adaptive vehicles:

  1. The National Organization for Vehicle Accessibility (NOVA): NOVA is dedicated to assisting individuals with disabilities in pursuing personal mobility. They offer grant programs designed to help cover the costs of vehicle modifications, ensuring safety and accessibility.
  2. Help Hope Live: Known for community-based fundraising for people with unmet medical expenses, Help Hope Live provides a unique approach where individuals can campaign to raise funds for their wheelchair-accessible vehicles, often eliciting local media and community support.
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Veterans’ Assistance & Grants:

For U.S. Veterans, specific resources are available through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Depending on the nature and cause of the disability, veterans might be eligible for grants or reimbursements:

  1. Automobile Allowance: The VA offers an Automobile Allowance for veterans needing a vehicle with adaptive equipment. The grant covers the vehicle purchase price up to a certain amount.
  2. Adaptive Equipment Grant: Aside from the vehicle, the VA’s Adaptive Equipment Grant covers necessary equipment to ensure the vehicle is fully accessible and operational for the disabled veteran.

Veterans should contact their local VA office or Superior Van & Mobility to understand the qualifying criteria and embark on the application process.

Manufacturer Rebate Programs:

Several vehicle manufacturers recognize the financial burden of modifying vehicles for wheelchair access. As a response, they provide rebates that help offset some of the costs incurred during the modification process. These programs are typically available when purchasing a new vehicle, so it’s beneficial to inquire about these options when shopping. For instance, manufacturers like Toyota, Honda, and Ford offer such rebates. It’s imperative to speak directly with the dealer to understand the terms and conditions of these rebates, as they can significantly impact the overall cost.

State Grants and Assistance Programs:

Many U.S. states offer additional resources, often through the State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Services. These departments are committed to helping individuals with disabilities maintain independence, which includes assistance in obtaining modified vehicles for personal transportation. Eligibility and the level of assistance vary widely from state to state, making it crucial to contact local representatives for detailed information.

Fundraising and Crowdfunding:

In an era where social media and digital communities are more potent than ever, personal fundraising and crowdfunding have emerged as practical solutions for raising money for health-related causes, including wheelchair vans. Platforms such as GoFundMe allow individuals to tell their stories and reach out to the community, friends, and family for donations. These campaigns can significantly supplement savings or grants for vehicle purchases.

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Conclusion:

Investing in a wheelchair-accessible van can be a financial undertaking, but it is essential to recognize that numerous resources are designed to ease this burden. The financial stress associated with securing personal mobility can be significantly reduced by exploring grants, engaging with non-profit organizations, taking advantage of state-offered assistance, and even reaching out to the community through fundraising efforts.

The journey toward purchasing a wheelchair van often begins with the challenge of finding relevant information. Thanks to pages like our comprehensive resources page, individuals and families are better equipped to navigate the path toward greater independence and quality of life. Remember, every resource you engage with brings you one step closer to achieving freedom of mobility and an improved overall lifestyle for you and your family.

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.

Automobile Grant | 100% Service-Connected Disabled Veterans

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What is the VA Auto-Grant For 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.

There are Two Service Connected Disabled Veteran Benefits That You May Qualify For

Disabled Veteran Auto-Grant Vehicle Purchase Benefit:

One of the standout benefits that the VA provides for eligible veterans is the Auto-Grant Vehicle Purchase Assistance Program. If you’re a 100% service-connected disabled veteran with specific service-connected disabilities, you could receive the Auto Grant for purchasing an automobile or other form of transportation.

As of 11/01/2023, this assistance amount is $25,603.02. This sum is annually adjusted in October to adjust with the cost of living. Therefore, the current amount might differ depending on how recently this amount has been updated.

The auto-grant from the VA can be used once every 30 years toward the purchase of an eligible vehicle designed to aid their mobility. Most veterans use the auto-grant toward the purchase of a minivan with the intention of having it outfitted with a wheelchair-accessible conversion. However, the conversion is not part of the one-time auto-grant; that benefit would be covered for qualified veterans under the Adaptive Equipment Grant Benefit outlined below.

Here is where it can get interesting. The Adaptive Equipment Grant Benefit can be used every two years. Because of this, in many cases, a veteran who combines both the auto-grant and the adaptive equipment grant toward the purchase of a wheelchair-accessible vehicle can usually trade their vehicle every two years going forward for a new model with little to no money out of pocket. If you would like to learn more about this or to see if you qualify, please contact one of our certified mobility consultants for complete details. 

Adaptive Equipment Grant: Customizing Vehicles for Your Mobility Needs

As stated above, the one-time auto grant is only used to purchase a vehicle 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 purchasing a wheelchair-accessible van. As stated above, most veterans can trade for a new accessible vehicle every two years at little to no additional cost.

Are You Elegible?

Now, you might be wondering if you qualify for these benefits. As of 2022, the VA stipulates that to be eligible for the Auto-Grant and Adaptive Equipment Grant, 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 your eligibility and for the most current information from the VA, please visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website or contact the Prosthetics Department of the VA directly or one of our mobility consultants.

But Wait, There’s More! 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.

If you have any questions, want to learn more, or speak to one of our certified mobility consultants, please do not hesitate to reach out. Our team is available to help you navigate the approval process and help you “Regain Your Independence.” 

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.

BraunAbility 1 Millionth Van Delivery

An Unforgettable Delivery: Vietnam Marine Veteran Receives One of BraunAbility's Millionth Wheelchair Vans

In a world of constant movement and exploration, mobility is a priceless gift. As we celebrate National Mobility Awareness Month in May, we are reminded of mobility’s significant role in our lives, especially for individuals with disabilities.

However, this year’s celebration is even more remarkable as we approach an extraordinary event. On May 17, 2023, Vietnam Veteran Larry Reimer was presented with one of BraunAbility’s millionth vehicles—a 2023 Chrysler Pacifica wheelchair-accessible van—marking a significant milestone in the history of BraunAbility, the world’s leading manufacturer of mobility transportation solutions.

Larry’s surprise celebration will occur at Superior Van & Mobility in Louisville, Kentucky. Alex Cook, the General Manager of Superior Van & Mobility, will host this event, which coincidentally falls within National Mobility Awareness Month and in anticipation of Memorial Day, adding extra layers of significance to the celebration.

BraunAbility, a company born from the vision of Ralph Braun, an entrepreneur who spent most of his life in a wheelchair, has grown into the most trusted name in the mobility industry over the past 50 years. By providing wheelchair-accessible vehicles, wheelchair lifts, seating, storage, and securement products, BraunAbility has brought independence to millions of individuals worldwide.

Superior Van & Mobility shares this vision as they strive to provide the best mobility solutions to their clients, including new and used wheelchair-accessible vehicles, mobility seating options, hand controls, scooter and wheelchair lifts, and other driving aids. They proudly support local community groups, promoting disability awareness and advocacy.

Larry Reimer, a proud veteran of the Vietnam War, is a testament to resilience and strength. His service to our country is nothing short of heroic. This vehicle gives Larry the freedom and independence associated with enhanced mobility and represents a ‘thank you’ for his invaluable service.

As we approach Memorial Day, we honor those who have served and sacrificed for our nation. Larry’s story reminds us of their bravery, resilience, and the spirit of independence that defines our country.

This milestone event is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of both BraunAbility and Superior Van & Mobility. It exemplifies their commitment to enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities and their dedication to providing the highest quality mobility solutions.

As we celebrate National Mobility Awareness Month, let’s be inspired by Larry’s story and the work of organizations like BraunAbility and Superior Van & Mobility. Let’s advocate for greater mobility and accessibility for all and continue to push the boundaries of what is possible.

As the founder of BraunAbility, Ralph Braun, once said, “The impossible only takes a little longer to accomplish.” Let’s keep accomplishing the impossible, one step—or one roll—at a time.

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.

Pennzoil, BraunAbility and PVA Provide Veterans the Gift of Mobility

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.

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.

Wounded Warrior Receives Camo Accessible Van

Wounded Warrior Receives Camo Wheelchair Accessible Van

Wounded Warrior receives camo wrapped wheelchair accessible van from BraunAbility

A very deserving disabled veteran was presented with an accessible van converted by BraunAbility, a manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles.

Lance Corporal Michael DeLancey was presented a camo-wrapped accessible van alongside BraunAbility employees who have served in the military.

Winamac, IN (PRWEB) May 23, 2013

A very deserving wounded veteran was presented with a customized camouflaged accessible van on behalf of BraunAbility, a leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles based in Winamac.

Lance Corporal Michael DeLancey, a native of Pinellas Park, Florida, was injured in Iraq in 2006 when a sniper’s bullet pierced his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down and critically damaging his lung. Despite the life-altering injury, DeLancey has been a force of positive change. He serves as an ambassador for Wounded Warrior Project and speaks with fellow veterans recovering from serious injuries.

“As a Marine, Mike has built his life upon the three Corps Values: Honor, Courage and Commitment,” said Kevin McMahon, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “These are values that our founder Ralph Braun believed in – and they are values that the people of this company hold true.”

The completely camouflage-covered vehicle will transport DeLancey to his volunteer work with veteran organizations and events in his home state of Florida and nationwide.

BraunAbility, founded in 1972, has a long history of serving veterans with disabilities. Many of the company’s first customers were newly injured veterans returning from the Vietnam war at a time when people with disabilities had very few mobility options.

Held at BraunAbility corporate headquarters in Winamac, the presentation was an opportunity for the company to not only honor Lance Corporal DeLancey, but current employees who had served in the military as well. In honor of DeLansky’s visit to the company and all company veterans, BraunAbility employees wore red, white and blue.

“Thank you for your service, for your commitment, and we celebrate the many ways you continue to serve our country,” added McMahon.

The presentation, appropriately, occurred just before Memorial Day weekend and during National Military Appreciation Month.

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