Servicemembers and Veterans may be eligible for a one-time payment of not more than $18,900 toward the purchase of an automobile or other conveyance if you have certain service-connected disabilities. The grant is paid directly to the seller of the automobile and the Servicemember or Veteran may only receive the automobile grant once in his/her lifetime.
Certain Servicemembers and Veterans may also be eligible for adaptive equipment. Adaptive equipment includes, but is not limited to, power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seats, and special equipment necessary to assist the eligible person into and out of the vehicle.
VA may provide financial assistance in purchasing adaptive equipment more than once. This benefit is payable to either the seller or the Veteran or Servicemember.
Important: You must have prior VA approval before purchasing an automobile or adaptive equipment.
To support a claim for automobile allowance, the evidence must show that you are service-connected or are treated as if service-connected under 38 U.S.C 1151, for a disability resulting in:
To support a claim for adaptive equipment, the evidence must show that you have a service-connected disability as shown above, OR you have ankylosis of at least one knee or one hip due to service-connected disability.
For more information on how to apply and for tips on making sure your claim is ready to be processed by VA, visit our How to Apply page.
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Last updated October 22, 2013