is eligible for a VA Auto Grant?
Veterans of America (PVA) service officers routinely receive phone calls from
veterans who have questions or have been misinformed regarding the eligibility
requirements for the Automobile and Adaptive Equipment Grants (Auto Grant).
think because they're service connected as 100% disabled, they're entitled to
the Auto Grant.This is not
be eligible for the Auto Grant, a veteran must be service connected for one of
the following disabilities:
loss or permanent loss of use of one or both feet The
loss or permanent loss of use of one or both hands The
permanent impairment of vision of both eyes Certain
severe burn injuries
When the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives entitlement to the Auto
Grant, the veteran must complete Section I of VA
Form 21-4502 and send it to his or her local PVA national service officer
(NSO) to route to VA. VA will certify the form by completing Section II of the
21-4502 and return it to the veteran or PVA NSO. It's important to note that VA
can't pay an eligible veteran for the purchase of a vehicle until entitlement to
the grant has been established.
VA provides eligible veterans a maximum of $20,235.20
(as of 1/1/2017) or the total purchase price
of the automobile, whichever is lesser. An eligible veteran can apply the grant
toward purchasing a new or used vehicle.
law requires VA to pay the benefit directly to the vehicle's seller. It may not
reimburse a veteran who has already paid for a vehicle. If the veteran is unable
to operate an automobile, VA will still provide or assist in purchasing an
automobile if it's to be operated for the eligible veteran by another person.
The VA Auto Grant can only be used once.
can also give a grant to active duty personnel if they also have acquired one of
the eligible disabilities while on active duty.
addition to the $20,235.20 Auto Grant, VA Prosthetics will cover the cost of
adaptive equipment for the automobile.
identifies adaptive equipment as (but not limited to) power steering, power
brakes, power windows, lifts, power seats, and any special equipment necessary
to assist the eligible person into and out of the vehicle. This includes
modifying the inside size of the vehicle, if needed, for the person to enter or
operate it. VA will pay for air-conditioning if it's necessary for the health
and safety of the veteran and supported by medical determination supporting the
VA to pay for adaptive equipment, VA Form 10-1394 must be completed, along with
supporting documents (window stickers and invoices).
an eligible veteran can't qualify to operate an automobile safely, VA will
provide adaptive equipment for an automobile that is operated by another person
for the suitable veteran.
veterans can't have adaptive equipment for more than two cars at any one time
during a four-year period.
with Non-Service Injuries Veterans
with nonservice-connected injuries are eligible for a one-time van modification.
veteran having nonservice-connected disabilities may be eligible for
ingress/egress to the vehicle, (on minivans a lowered floor conversion),
but isn't entitled to any operational equipment (automatic transmission, power
brakes, power steering, hand controls, modifications of the driver area, etc.).
veteran must also have a medical determination supporting the need for the
adaptive equipment. Even though it doesn't amount to the same as an Auto Grant
and adaptive equipment benefit, assistance with a one-time van conversion for a
nonservice-connected veteran can substantially bring down the overall price of a
new or used vehicle.
more information, visit the Veterans Benefits Administration or contact your
local NSO from the PVA Service Officer Roster.
Service officers are available to assist veterans who have earned VA
Vietnam Veterans of America has a very useful site to help locate a local
VSO who may assist you.
you have a signed (by the VA) VA 4502 with the accompanying cover letter stating the Grant
usand we will find the vehicle you want with the conversion you want
and adaptive equipment you need, all within your budget. We handle all the
paperwork and inspections to make the process as easy for you as possible.
with a 100% service connected disability and a 4502 vehicle grant can purchase a new vehicle with a new conversion for under $10,000 out of
pocket. If you would rather not spend the money we can get you
into a late model, low mileage minivan with a new conversion for little to no
out of pocket expense (depending on the used vehicle options and price).
Call us to discuss all options
All vehicles sales staff are
Certified Mobility Consultants, training is ongoing every year.