The Veterans Health Administration has determined that if a veteran incurred or aggravated illness or injury in the line of duty, in the active military, naval or air service, the veteran may be eligible for service-connected programs. The two main programs offering assistance to service-connected veterans are the Auto Allowance Grant and the Automobile Adaptive Equipment Program.
To be eligible to receive the Auto Allowance Grant or funds from the Automobile Adaptive Equipment Program, the veteran must be in the Veterans Health Administration system. Veterans 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.
Auto Allowance Grant
The Auto Allowance Grant awards $19,817 to eligible service-connected veterans for the purchase of a wheelchair-accessible vehicle, not limited to a car, truck or van. To be eligible to receive financial assistance, a veteran or serviceperson must have acquired or aggravated an injury or disease during active military service, or as a result of medical treatment or examination, vocational rehabilitation, or compensated work therapy provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This grant must be approved by the VA, can only be awarded once in a lifetime, and is paid directly to the dealer upon purchase of a vehicle.
Automobile Adaptive Equipment Program
The Automobile Adaptive Equipment Program provides equipment and training to help eligible, service-connected veterans safely enter, exit and/or operate a motor vehicle. It includes, but is not limited to, special equipment necessary for wheelchair access and any modification of the size of the interior space of the vehicle. The Adaptive Equipment Program may be paid more than once, and may be paid to either the seller or the veteran. The Veterans Health Administration will reimburse a veteran for automobile adaptive equipment a maximum of two times within a 4-year period.