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, 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.