Posted on Thursday February 14 2013
By Mo Abusham
Well, your prayers may have been answered…
There is a Disabled Veterans Mobility Vehicle Grant (21-4502) that is available thru the Veterans Administration.
The Veterans' Administration offers a one-time Wheel Chair Accessible Vehicle grant of $19,505.00 for 100% Service Connected Veterans. If you haven't used it yet, you can apply it towards a Mobility Vehicle.
In addition to the 4502 grant, 100% Service Connected Veterans are eligible for two vehicle (1394 mobility grants) conversions every four years or one every two years.
Veterans that trade their wheelchair van in every two years typically have less out-of-pocket expense getting into a new wheelchair van than a veteran that trades at a later date.
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have one of the following disabilities that are the result of injury or disease incurred or aggravated during active service:
Loss, or permanent loss of use, of at least one foot; OR
Loss, or permanent loss of use, of at least one hand; OR
Serious permanent impairment of vision of both eyes.
You may also qualify for a mobility grant if you have Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or other debilitating illnesses, make sure you call your regional office and speak with a National Service Officer for more details.
If you have ankylosis (stiff or immobile joint) of at least one knee or hip due to a service-connected disability, you may qualify for adaptive equipment, without the mobility van grant.
You can qualify for this benefit even if you're still on active duty. If you're a veteran, your discharge must have been given under other than dishonorable conditions.
There is no requirement as to length of service.
National Guard and Reserve members who were activated for federal military service and later separated are considered to be veterans. Commissioned Officers of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are considered to be active duty members and veterans, once discharged.
Stay tuned there’s more information to come on the process required to apply for these grants. Check back next week for details or call Derman Spearman (First Class Petty Officer) at 888-540-8267 for immediate assistance.
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