Posted On: 03/21/2019

Resources for Veterans

The Team at BLVD.com always enjoys working with our Veteran owned dealers, as well as the thousands of veterans that use the site every year. The weight and significance of your service and sacrifice to our country is not lost on us, and we all sincerely thank you for it. 

As some veterans advance in age, they will eventually need the assistance of a power scooter, or wheelchair, as well as the necessary equipment such as a mobility vehicle conversion, or scooter lift, which are needed to transport those devices. Many veterans finding themselves in this situation are not aware of the benefits available to them through their local V.A. Which will either completely pay for, or assist in paying for these devices and adaptations. 

There are many factors that come into play when an individual is working with any government entity, wse wanted to lay out a few steps disabled Veterans can take to see if they are eligible for assistance. Many mobility dealerships have working relationships with their local V.A. Hospitals! Reaching out to a Mobility Specialist near you and checking to see if they have worked with Veterans in the past is a great way to get the ball rolling. Not only will you be working with a mobility dealer who meets the Federal Government contracting standards, but you will be working with someone who has Certified technicians completing their installs.

The first step is to speak with your physician or physical therapist to see what mobility equipment you may need. This could be anything from a lift to help move a wheelchair, power wheelchair, or power scooter in and out of a vehicle to a lowered floor fully adapted minivan. Often within the V.A. Hospitals is where you want to start.

You want to check with a benefits specialist to see what, if anything, a Veteran is eligible for. There are many regulations that allow for a Veteran to be covered, this could be as simple as the time in which the Veteran was active to the level of disabilities and how those have affected the Veteran. You want to make sure you have all the proper paperwork covered in order to ensure the best availability for financial assistance. If you feel you are not getting anywhere with your physician, physical therapist, or benefits specialist, all V.A. Hospitals have Patient Advocates. Patient Advocates are not employed by the V.A. Hospital and will work with you to find out all the information you need and ensure timely responses to your requests.
 
 
* Rules and regulations change frequently, only the Department of Veterans Affairs can release specific information regarding financial assistance for mobility equipment to qualified Veterans.

Author Information

Katie Cummings
Mobility Blogger

My professional background stems from non-profit marketing and fundraising for a large children’s cancer hospital. Every day I was able to make connections and relationships for kids and their families going through devastating times. From securing small donations to large corporate support, it was all about providing hope that one day doctors and researchers would find a cure. It was truly an honor to be a part of something so important.

Just this past year, I came to work alongside my family for BLVD.com, a website dedicated to offering the latest information and resources for people needing mobility products. This was a dream come true for me as I have always wanted to combine more time with my family while still helping others. Our family has been in the mobility industry for over 35 years with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for people with mobility issues. This is the spirit behind BLVD and what I am most excited about sharing in my blog.

I love meeting new people and have found that volunteering is the best way to learn more about others and myself. Coffee keeps me going as do walks my pup "Kirby" and most of all being with family and friends. I invite you to check out my blog to learn more about how "together we can move through life better!"

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