For veterans, one of the biggest challenges they face is mobility and having an accessible lifestyle. Having the ability to travel and live a convenient lifestyle makes a world of difference to those with a disability, and veterans are no exception. Adapting to a disability can be very difficult, but we help break down the barriers that keep those with a disability from being mobile.
Bill Jenkins is a retired Airforce Veteran and amputee. When Bill came to us in 2011, his 1990 GMC Suburban was ready to give in, and we stepped in to help. As a veteran with a disability, Bill was eligible to apply for the VA Disability grant through the US Department of Veteran Affairs. This grant gives eligible veterans with a one-time sum of as much as $21,058.69 towards any vehicle if they possess a service-related disability.
I’m not going to sell you the van you’re looking at if you have not already applied for the VA Disability grant.
After applying for the grant, Bill drove off our lot in a new-used fleet van at no cost to him because it was purchased under the VA grant program.
It’s our number one priority to make sure our customers, especially our veterans, are well taken care of. If you are a veteran or know a veteran in need of assistance, visit our website to see all the available financing options.
Am I Eligible for Disability Benefits from the VA?
You may be eligible for benefits if you have a service-related disability that includes at least one of these conditions:
- Loss, or permanent loss of use, of 1 or both feet
- Loss, or permanent loss of use, of 1 or both hands
- Permanent decreased vision in both eyes: 20/200 vision or less in your better eye with glasses, or greater than 20/200 vision but with a visual field defect that has reduced your peripheral vision to 20 degrees or less in your better eye
- A severe burn injury
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Ankylosis in 1 or both knees or hips (Note: This qualifies you for an adaptive-equipment grant only)
What kind of disability benefits can I get?
- A one-time payment of not more than $21,058.69 to help you buy a specially equipped vehicle
- In some situations, one or more adaptive-equipment grants to change a vehicle so it has features like power steering, brakes, seats, windows, or lift equipment to help you get into and out of the vehicle
How do I get these benefits?
You’ll need to file a claim for disability compensation and get our approval before buying a vehicle or adaptive equipment. You can apply for—and use—either grant before or after military discharge.
Find out how to file a claim for disability compensation.
When you file, you’ll need to show that your disability is service connected or treated as if service connected under 38 U.S.C. 1151.
Learn more about 38 U.S.C. 1151.
For the adaptive-equipment grant
- If you qualify for adaptive equipment only, you’ll need to fill out an Application for Adaptive Equipment—Motor Vehicle (VA Form 10-1394).
Download VA Form 10-1394.
- We may pay you, or we may pay the equipment seller directly.