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Take Action: Support Improved Access to Adapted Automobiles
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is currently authorized to provide eligible veterans with a one-time grant of approximately $21,400 to be used to purchase a new or used vehicle. Additionally, veterans with service-connected conditions can be reimbursed for certain items through VA’s Automobile Adaptive Equipment (AAE) program that permit them to enter, exit, and/or operate a motor vehicle. 

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 Position
PVA supports H.R. 3304, the Care Access Resources (CARS) for Vets Act, which would authorize VA to provide eligible veterans with an additional vehicle allowance if 10 years have passed since they received their last one. It also provides statutory protection for VA-provided assistance in getting into and out of a vehicle for veterans with non-service-connected disabilities through its AAE program. 

 

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