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Automobiles And Adaptive Equipment For Certain Disabled Veterans And Members Of The Armed Forces

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Automobiles And Adaptive Equipment For Certain Disabled Veterans And Members Of The Armed Forces


Federal Agency




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.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

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.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Disabled servicepersons and veterans.


DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty".


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

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

Award Procedure

Awards are authorized at the Regional Office.



Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not available.


Available. In the event of a denial, claimants are advised of appeal rights and procedures at the time of notification.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.


Post Assistance Requirements


Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(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.


Program Accomplishments

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.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Veterans Benefits Administration field offices.

Headquarters Office

Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC 20420. Telephone: (202) 461-9700.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

64.013, Veterans Prosthetic Appliances


Examples of Funded Projects

Not applicable.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.


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