In preparation for the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday, we would like to show our appreciation to our Veterans with a heartfelt thank you. Thank you for service and for your commitment to our Country! This is one of the many reasons why we would not only like to assist you in finding a mobility solution that is right for you, but to offer resources to hopefully mitigate the costs of your new wheelchair accessible vehicle. The Department for Veterans Affairs (VA) provides funding to qualified veterans for wheelchair vans and adaptive equipment for vehicles. While this can be an overwhelming undertaking and a lengthy process, we hope to shed some useful light on the approach to make it highly attainable for you.
Benefits are granted as indicated by the nature of your disability or illness. Depending on your circumstances, you will most likely fall into one of the following two classifications:
In either of the above cases, your doctor will need to write a prescription for you to get the ball rolling. The most time consuming part of the process is waiting for the grant to be approved. You certainly do not need to wait for approval, however, before you can proactively start working with the mobility dealer that you have carefully selected to get you in the wheelchair van that is right for you.
A knowledgeable mobility dealer can make all the difference in making sure that things run smoothly over the course of the process. You will want to choose a mobility dealer that has an existing and excellent relationship with the VA, and that they will be able to do the same for you, by competently submitting all of the necessary paperwork that has to be exchanged between the VA Prosthetics Department and the mobility dealer.
A little advice when working with your Prosthetics Department - become a familiar face to go along with the name on all the forms. Pay an occasional visit to say thank you for all they do goes a long way, and (honestly) is rightly deserved. Another sound approach for veterans (which is often overlooked), is appointing a Power of Attorney (POA). Contrary to where POA is commonly used as a legal tool in cases where a person requires the legal guidance of a representative due to the fact that they are incompetent to make responsible decisions for themselves, veterans opting for POA are confident in their choice to seek assistance in filing a VA claim. By permitting a trusted representative or attorney to advocate on their behalf, veterans secure the possibility to submit the best possible claim to the VA, making the entire claims process easier and more comfortable for the veteran see through. Veterans looking to pursue this route will want to fill out VA Form 21-22.