Veterans who do not have a service-related condition as determined by the Veteran Health Administration are classified as non-service-connected veterans. Veterans who served in the military for at least 90 days and were honorably discharged can receive VA Health benefits, including funding for a safe means of transportation. Even non-service-connected veterans who served more than 20 years ago and did not sustain their injury while on active military duty may qualify for these vehicle mobility benefits.
The main program offering assistance to non-service-connected Veterans is the Van Modification Ingress/Egress Program. To be able to receive the funds from this program, the veteran must be in the Veterans Health Administration system. Those veterans currently receiving care through a VA medical facility are already in the system and can apply for these vehicle mobility benefits. If not, they will need to apply for health care through the VA.
Van Modification Ingress/Egress
The Van Modification Ingress/Egress is a program providing funding to veterans for vehicular access equipment allowing safe entry and exit into and out of a vehicle. Non-service-connected veterans with conditions such as MS, ALS, quadriplegia, paraplegia or loss of use of both lower extremities are eligible to receive non-operational equipment to provide ingress and egress to the van. Non-operational equipment includes lifts, tie downs, a raised roof, raised doors and a passenger transfer seat.