Government Grants For Vehicles
April 07, 2016 governmentgrants.info Staff
A one-time payment could be available to eligible veterans and service members in the amount up to $20,174.68 for purchasing a vehicle, provided they have specific disabilities that are service-connected. This grant would be paid to the vehicle seller directly. A veteran or service member is only eligible for this grant one time during his or her lifetime. In addition, some of the applicants could be eligible to receive adaptive equipment, including but not limited to special equipment for assisting him or her when getting in or out of the vehicle, as well as power steering, seats, windows, or brakes.
Unlike a vehicle claim, adaptive equipment assistance could be provided by the VA more than just the one time and is payable to either the service member or veteran or directly to the seller. Please note that VA approval is necessary prior to the purchase of any adaptive equipment or vehicle.
Vehicle Grant Eligibility Requirements
The following requirements must be met:
~ Be a Veteran or on active duty
~ Have a disability or disease from the following list under 38 U.S.C 1151 that was service-connected, treated as such, or contracted, aggravated or incurred while on active duty:
- Burn injury that is severe, or
- Loss off the use of a foot, both feet, hand or both hands, or
- Impairment of a certain degree of vision, or
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS/Lou Gehrig's Disease).
Adaptive Equipment Eligibility Requirements
This requires the applicant to be either on active duty or a Veteran, as well as one of the following:
- Meeting the above vehicle grant disability requirements
- Having ankylosis or joint immobility in a knee or hip that is recognized by the VA as service-connected or is treated as such under 38 U.S.C. 1151.
Evidence must be shown for supporting a vehicle allowance claim that proves a service connection under 38 U.S.C 1151. If the claim is for a service member, it must be proven that it was caused by an injury or disease that was active duty aggravated or contracted and resulted in one of the following:
~ Loss off the use of a foot or both feet or hands
~ Permanent vision impairment in both eyes that results in:
- 20/200 or less vision in the better of the eyes while wearing glasses, or
- Greater than 20/200 where the peripheral field is diminished to where visual fields diameter is less than 20 degrees in the healthier of the eyes.
~ Burn injury that is severe and results in formation of scars causing limited motion of the trunk or extremities, preventing operating a vehicle effectively.
~ Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS/Lou Gehrig's Disease).
An adaptive equipment claim must be supported by evidence showing a disability as outlined above or at least one hip or knee that has service-connected ankylosis.
The following are available application methods:
~ Completion of VA Form 21-4502, "Application for Automobile or Other Conveyance and Adaptive Equipment" to be mailed to the regional office, or
~ Working with an agent or accredited VA representative, or
~ Going to a regional office of the VA and getting assistance from a VA employee. Regional offices can be located on the VA’s "Facility Locator" page.
In the event that a Veteran or service member is eligible for only adaptive equipment, completion of VA Form 10-1394 is required and submission to the local VA medical center, which can be found on the VA’s "Facility Locator" page.
More information regarding applying for benefits, as well as tips for ensuring that a claim is VA processing-ready can be acquired on the VA’s “How to Apply” page.