Automobiles and Adaptive Equipment for Certain Disabled Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces

 

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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
64.100
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs
Office: Veterans Benefits Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments for Specified Use.
Program Accomplishments
In fiscal year 2007, 1,371 vehicles were purchased; estimate for fiscal years 2008 and 2009 is 1,371 vehicles each year.
Authorization
38 U.S.C. 39.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
Credentials/Documentation
DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty".
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
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 http://www.va.gov/vaforms/.
Award Procedure
Awards are authorized at the Regional Office.
Deadlines
None.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not available.
Appeals
Available. In the event of a denial, claimants are advised of appeal rights and procedures at the time of notification.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Not applicable.
Auditing
Not applicable.
Records
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Not applicable.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
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.
Website Address
http://www.va.gov.
Financial Information
Account Identification
36-0137-0-1-702.
Obligations
(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.
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.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.

 


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