Automobiles And Adaptive Equipment For Certain Disabled Veterans And Members Of The Armed Forces
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
38 U.S.C. 39.
To provide financial assistance to certain disabled servicepersons and veterans toward the purchase price of an automobile or other conveyance and an additional amount for adaptive equipment deemed necessary to insure the eligible person will be able to operate or make use of the automobile or other conveyance. To provide adaptive equipment only for certain other disabled veterans.
Types of Assistance
Direct Payments for Specified Use.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Assistance toward purchase of an automobile or other conveyance is a one-time payment only. Necessary adaptive equipment may be furnished, repaired, replaced, or reinstalled on a conveyance which may be purchased with assistance or any other conveyance subsequently or previously acquired. Adaptive equipment will be provided for no more than two conveyances during any four-year period unless one of those two vehicles becomes unavailable to the veteran.
Veterans with honorable service and servicepersons on active duty having a service-connected disability due to loss or permanent loss of use of one or both feet, one or both hands, or a permanent impairment of vision of both eyes to a prescribed degree. For adaptive equipment only, eligibility also exists if there is service-connected ankylosis of one or both knees or one or both hips. Servicepersons on active duty also qualify under the same criteria as veterans.
Disabled servicepersons and veterans.
DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty".
Application and Award Process
None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
An application (VA Form 21-4502) may be obtained from any VA Office or Regional Office (see Appendix IV of the Catalog) and submitted to the Regional Office. Applications are also available on-line at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/
Awards are authorized at the Regional Office.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Available. In the event of a denial, claimants are advised of appeal rights and procedures at the time of notification.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Post Assistance Requirements
(Direct Payments) FY 07 $53,443,000; FY 08 est $57,300,000; and FY 09 est $61,600,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No statutory maximum for adaptive equipment; $11,000 maximum for automobiles and other conveyances.
In fiscal year 2007, 1,371 vehicles were purchased; estimate for fiscal years 2008 and 2009 is 1,371 vehicles each year.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
38 CFR 3.808. "Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents," VA Pamphlet 80-0-01, $5.00, available from Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954. The stock number is 051-000-00233-4.
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Veterans Benefits Administration field offices.
Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC 20420. Telephone: (202) 461-9700.
Web Site Address
64.013, Veterans Prosthetic Appliances
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