Unfortunately, the average useful life of a modified vehicle is about 11.5 years, and it costs tens of thousands of dollars to replace it. These substantial costs, coupled with inflation, present a tremendous financial hardship for many disabled veterans who need to replace their primary mode of transportation once it reaches the end of its useful service life.
Veterans with non-service-connected disabilities can receive a minimal amount of aid to help them enter or exit a vehicle, so long as enough funding is available.
PVA supports H.R. 3304, as amended, which the House passed on September 29. As amended, this legislation, now known as the AUTO for Veterans Act, would allow the VA to provide an additional automobile allowance immediately to eligible veterans if 25 years have elapsed since the date they received their first automobile grant. Over time, the period would shorten to 10 years. The bill would also change the definition of “medical services,” to include certain vehicle modifications like van lifts, which are offered through VA’s Automobile Adaptive Equipment program.