Increase Approved for Disabled Vets' Mobility Grants

Veteran Mobility Grant

by Levi Newman on December 15, 2010

In December of 2011, the VA will increase the one-time vehicle grant from $11,000 to $18,900 allowing disabled veterans in need of a handicap accessible van, mobility van, or wheelchair van greater purchasing power.

Any disabled veteran who has been given a power or manual wheelchair by the VA and require a vehicle for their mobility equipment may apply for Disabled Veterans grants. Disabled Veteran grants and programs available to qualified veterans include:

One-time Vehicle Grant

The one-time vehicle grant may be used towards the purchase of a vehicle needed to transport a veteran’s mobility equipment. Vehicles may also be converted to house a wheelchair lift and/or a lowered floor handicap accessible ramp with the help of the vehicle mobility equipment grants.

Automobile Adaptive Equipment Program

The program teaches disabled veterans with service-related injuries to enter, exit, and operate a motor vehicle by providing the necessary equipment and training. Disabled veterans may enter the program after receiving an automobile grant, and after the completion of Driver’s Training with an approved driver’s evaluator. Even veterans who do not meet the criteria needed to operate a vehicle, due to the loss of or loss of the use of a limb or alkalosis of a hip or knee, may still receive the equipment needed to enter and exit a vehicle.

Home Modification Grants

The VA provides home modification grants up to $60,000 to eligible disabled veterans to help with the costs of making a home more accessible. Home Improvement & Structural Alterations grants are also available in the amounts of $1,200 for veterans with non-service related disabilities, and $4,100 for veterans with service related disabilities.  HISA grants may be used to make improvements or alterations to a home to provide greater accessibility, and are generally used for wheelchair ramps, railings, lowered countertops, widened doorways, and handicap accessible bathrooms.

In addition to vehicle and home modification grants, disabled veterans may also be eligible to receive manual and powered wheelchairs, durable medical equipment, and patient lifts. Disabled veterans should contact their local VA office for more information about the benefits they may be eligible for which may make life more accessible.

Photo thanks to Karl Johnson under creative common license on Flickr.

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Ronald C Renfro December 15, 2010 at 9:09 pm

This is wonderful…Thank you for taking care of America’s Veterans……

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Debra Daly August 9, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Actually, the amount of the auto grant increases to $18,900. See below.

See Congressional Record 111th Congress, (2009-2010), Veterans’ Benefit Act of 2010, Public Law 111-275, HR-3902, signed Oct. 13th, 2010, TITLE VIII, SEC. 804.

SEC.804. ENHANCEMENT OF AUTOMOBILE ASSISTANCE ALLOWANCE

FOR VETERANS.

(a)INCREASE IN AMOUNT OF ALLOWANCE.—Subsection (a) of

section3902 is amended by striking ”$11,000” and inserting

”$18,900(as adjusted from time to time under subsection (e))”.

(b)ANNUAL ADJUSTMENT.—Such section is further amended

by adding at the end the following new subsection:

”(e)Effective on October 1 of each year (beginning in 2011),

the Secretary shall increase the dollar amount in effect under

Effective date.

124STAT. 2890 PUBLIC LAW 111–275—OCT. 13, 2010

subsection(a) by a percentage equal to the percentage by which

theConsumer Price Index for all urban consumers (U.S. city aver-

age)increased during the 12-month period ending with the last

month for which Consumer Price Index data is available. In the

event that such Consumer Price Index does not increase during

such period, the Secretary shall maintain the dollar amount in

effec tunder subsection (a) during the previous fiscal year.”.

©EFFECTIVE DATE.—The amendments made by this section

shall take effect on October 1, 2011. 38 USC 3902

note.

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Audrey Beebe August 10, 2011 at 11:44 am

Thanks for the update, I’ll change $18,000 to $18,900 in the article.

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amy October 28, 2011 at 10:24 am

I just ran into a large question with the VA about the automobile grant, which I’m now searching to clarify. My spouse received a rating in June 2010 saying “Entitlement to automobile and adaptive equipment is established.” With this rating decision was included a blank Form 21-4502 “Application for Automobile or Other Conveyance and Adaptive Equipment (under 38 U.S.C. 3901-3904). He has yet to fill out the form or use it in any way, because we knew the amount would be raised to $18,900 this year. So I wrote the VA to confirm the amount was raised, because their website does not reflect the increased amount, still lists the amount as $11,000, and my spouse was skeptical and paranoid about the VA honoring the increased grant amount. I asked the VA via IRIS and received this response: “If the letter states entitlement to automobile and adaptive equipment is established as of July 2011, the benefit will probably be for $11,000.00. However, the Veteran should submit the VA Form 21-4502, Application for Automobile or Other Conveyance and Adaptive Equipment, and the VA office with jurisdiction of the Veteran’s benefits will make a determination of the amount of entitlement.” Could someone please point me in a direction to figure this out? I’m almost positive the law will support that he’s entitled to the increased amount, but I don’t know how to support this when contacting the VA about the matter.

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Myra October 31, 2011 at 7:25 pm

my husband is 100% (actually over 100% and gets housebound) he is service connected due to diabetes and secondary conditions. The neuropathy has progressed severely and he had a stroke at the end of June and has “mini strokes” daily. The only thing he can do is feed himself. We are in desperate need of a wheelchair ramp. Even tho I have a wheelchair (from private Dr) he is not able to use it due to loss of use of his left arm since the stroke ,he is totally dependant on me.Went to VA Rep the otherday and I had some of the forms filled out for a wheelchair ramp and any help the VA had to offer including visiting nurses,etc. As for the bathroom and doorways our house is so small I don’t think it would benefit any for a housing grant. Anyway VA rep didn’t file anything for us and told me to get his Medical Dr to write a prescription for a ramp. Is this the way it works or should I call the VA medical center and request a C and P ?? any help would be appreciated- Thanks

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Spouse of WWII former POW 100% SC January 26, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Your VA home based care or visiting nurse approved by the VA can order the ramp. Don’t do a C and P which would delay getting the ramp. Just get the OT or NP or doctor to write the order. They measure, deliver and set up quickly.

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Spouse of former WWII POW 100SC January 26, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Help please. I think they have lost us in the system. We filled out the 4502 and hand delivered it to the Regional Office. They said that we had applied in 2006 for a van and wondered if we got it. NOT true! Didn’t apply, didn’t get a van, they have no record but took a couple of months to look for the application from 2006. Then made me document the need again. Still haven’t heard anything. But have been told that there are 28,000 applications for vans. Since my husband can’t leave the house without a wheelchair van, he is stuck inside. The Oakland Regional Office has a survey of their cases and number of days to process application. Claims in the thousands, days to process very long. This honorable vet will die before they get this processed. What a tragic story for all honorable vets.

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WILLIAM M. SPARKS May 5, 2012 at 8:18 pm

MORE A QUESTION THAN A COMMENT: I AM HAVING A HOUSE BUILT AND REALLY NEED RAMPS AND ANY OTHER ASSISTIVEDEVISES AVAILABLE. I NEED WIDER DOORS (POWER CHAIR ACCESS), ACCESSABLE BATH AND INFORMATION CONCERNING AN ACCESSABLEE GARAGE. I AM 100% (PLUS SOME) AND UNFORTUNATLY LIVE IN AN AREA UNACCESSABLE TO HIGH SPEED INTERNED AND I’M HAVING PROBLEMS GETTING INFORMATION. THANKS FOR ANY HELOP YOU CAN GIVE ME–BILL SPARKS

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Help Please May 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I am the care taker of my elderly mother. She lives with me. She uses a walker right now, but she has trouble getting in and out of the bath tub to take a shower. She has asked me to get it remodled into a step in shower. I do not have the funds to do so. Is there any way the VA cn help me with this and what do I need to do. Also, although she is using a walker right now, I am going to need a wheelchair ramp also. This ramp would also benefit her using her walker too. These adjustments are to the home that I own and I am not a veteran, but I do provide care and shelter for my mother who is one

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Robert Vasquez June 25, 2012 at 4:20 pm

If one has recieved the automobile grant when it was $3,500.00, is one eligible to apply for the differece between the $3,500.00 and $18,900.00 now?

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