Purchasing a wheelchair van or having your own vehicle modified for your disabilities is costly. To help our veterans and service members with disabilities, the Veterans Administration offers financial assistance to purchase a new or used vehicle and/or have a vehicle adapted.

To purchase a vehicle

A grant (up to $11,000) is available for those with certain disabilities that resulted from an injury incurred or aggravated during active military service. These do not need to be repaid. In October of 2011, the grant will be increased to $18,000.

A veteran or service member must have one of the following disabilities to qualify:

  • loss, or permanent loss of use, of one or both feet
  • loss, or permanent loss of use, of one or both hands, or
  • permanent impairment of vision in both eyes to a certain degree

You may only receive the vehicle grant once in your lifetime.

To have a vehicle adapted

The VA will also pay to have a vehicle adapted. Those qualified for the automobile grant, plus veterans or service members with ankylosis (immobility of the joint) of one or both knees or hips resulting from an injury or disease incurred or aggravated by active military service, may also qualify for the adaptive equipment grant.

Adaptive equipment includes, but is not limited to, power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seats, and special equipment necessary to assist the eligible person into and out of the vehicle. Contact your local VA medical center’s Prosthetic Dept. prior to purchasing any equipment.

This grant may be paid more than once.

For more information, call toll-free 1-800-827-1000 or visit the web site at http://www.va.gov (http://www.vba.va.gov/VBA/benefits/factsheets#BM2).

5 responses to “Veterans with Disabilities Can Get Grants for Mobility Vans, Adapted Equipment

  1. Hi,

    I’m an 80% disabled veteran, and I’m looking at having to get serious back surgery performed in the near future amongst other injuries. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on the perspective I would not qualify but for my eyes. Could you explain to me a little further about the criteria for that? Thanks.

  2. dear sir i have nerverd damage in my back from my service in the navy 1972 to 1993 i have a powerchair but i can’t use it because i have no van to put in . i have a van now 2006 honda and when i ask people if i could get fixed to use my wheelchair they tell me that i can’t get it fix it has to be 2009 and above to have it fixed sir i use a walker but it hard for me to get around with it.

  3. I would like to know the info for a 100% disabled veteran with mobility issues, degenerated spine disease, Tramatic Brain Injury. Would a vet having these be approved for a disabled van?
    Thank you, respectfully, Henry Lozano

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