Save Money On New Vans
Ocean Conversions and Mobility would like to welcome “Jeff Glasser” our newest member of the OCM family, Jeff is a 25 year old Disabled Veteran and is 100% Service Connected Medically Retired from the ARMY Infantry. Jeff knows the “ins” and “outs” of the VA Benefits and can assist Veterans with your needs in working with the VA to get the adaptive equipment that you require.
When a Veteran buys a New Mini Van they get the conversion paid for by the VA, after owning the van for 2 years the Veteran can trade the van in to Ocean Conversion and purchase a new van for little to NO COST to them! When you buy a new van through Ocean Conversion you get your van for the retail price that Ocean Conversion gets it for, once the van is converted to be handicap accessible which is paid for by the VA the van is worth much more as the conversions can cost between $23,000 and $25,000. If the Veteran does not put on a lot of miles the car keeps a higher value which could allow the Veteran to trade in the now Used van for a brand new van and have it converted and paid for by the VA every 2 years.
Trade In Scenario
Veterans and servicemembers may be eligible for a one-time payment of not more than $18,000 toward the purchase of an automobile or other conveyance if they have service-connected loss or permanent loss of use of one or both hands or feet, permanent impairment of vision of both eyes to a certain degree, or ankylosis (immobility) of one or both knees or one or both hips.
They may also be eligible for adaptive equipment, and for repair, replacement, or reinstallation required because of disability or for the safe operation of a vehicle purchased with VA assistance. To apply, contact a VA regional office at 1-800-827-1000 or the nearest VA health care facility.
Specially Adapted Housing Grants
Certain veterans and servicemembers with service-connected disabilities may be entitled to a Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant from VA to help build a new specially adapted house, to adapt a home they already own, or buy a house and modify it to meet their disability-related requirements. Eligible veterans or servicemembers may now receive up to three grants, with the total dollar amount of the grants not to exceed the maximum allowable. Previous grant recipients who had received assistance of less than the current maximum allowable may be eligible for an additional SAH grant.
Eligibility for up to $63,780: VA may approve a grant of not more than 50 percent of the cost of building, buying, or adapting existing homes or paying to reduce indebtedness on a currently owned home that is being adapted, up to a maximum of $63,780. In certain instances, the full grant amount may be applied toward remodeling costs. Veterans and servicemembers must be determined eligible to receive compensation for permanent and total service-connected disability due to one of the following:
- Loss or loss of use of both lower extremities, such as to preclude locomotion without the aid of braces, crutches, canes or a wheelchair.
- Loss or loss of use of both upper extremities at or above the elbow.
- Blindness in both eyes, having only light perception, plus loss or loss of use of one lower extremity
- Loss or loss of use of one lower extremity together with (a) residuals of organic disease or injury, or (b) the loss or loss of use of one upper extremity which so affects the functions of balance or propulsion as to preclude locomotion without the use of braces, canes, crutches or a wheelchair.
- Severe burn injuries
Eligibility for up to $12,756: VA may approve a grant for the cost, up to a maximum of $12,756, for necessary adaptations to a veteran’s or servicemember’s residence or to help them acquire a residence already adapted with special features for their disability, to purchase and adapt a home, or for adaptations to a family member’s home in which they will reside.
To be eligible for this grant, veterans and service members must be entitled to compensation for permanent and total service-connected disability due to one of the following:
- Blindness in both eyes with 5/200 visual acuity or less.
- Anatomical loss or loss of use of both hands.
- Severe burn injuries.
Eligible veterans and service members who are temporarily residing in a home owned by a family member may also receive a Temporary Residence Adaptation (TRA) grant to help the veteran or service member adapt the family member’s home to meet his or her special needs. Those eligible for a $63,780 grant would be permitted to use up to $14,000 and those eligible for a $12,756 grant would be permitted to use up to $2,000. Grant amounts will also be adjusted annually based on a cost-of-construction index.
The first adjustment occurred on Oct. 1, 2009, with future adjustments each Oct. 1 thereafter. These adjustments will increase the grant amounts or leave them unchanged; they will not decrease the grant amounts. The maximum amount for a TRA grant is not indexed and remains unchanged.
The property may be located outside the United States, in a country or political subdivision which allows individuals to have or acquire a beneficial property interest, and in which the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in his or her discretion, has determined that it is reasonably practicable for the Secretary to provide assistance in acquiring specially adapted housing.
Good news was provided by the Veterans Administration to those post-9/11 veterans who are eligible that effective May 2011 t hose receiving assistance from a primary care giver in a home setting will be receiving a monthly stipend of $1,600.
Caregiver Website Available For Assistance
As anyone knows who has ever had to be involved with it, caring for a person with a disability can be a very challenging thing to take on. One can use all the assistance they can get. The VA has set up a website to help out as much as they can. That site can be reached at www.caregiver.va.gov. Included in the information that the site offers are a zip code feature that helps the person searching to find where the nearest VA medical center is located to them. At that center one will be able to access the support they need and get the information they may be seeking. They will also most likely be exposed to others dealing with similar issues and problems and sometimes being able to just talk to another dealing with this situation is of great value.
The Caregiver Support Line
Whatever questions one might have be it in regard to wheelchair vans or mobility problems they can and will get the answers they are looking for 24/7 by calling toll free 1-855-260-3274. This is the VA Caregiver Support Line and they are anxious to help.
Up to 30 days per year of respite care is available to the care giver who needs the help. That help comes in various settings from a person’s home to a VA Community Living Center or a VA authorized Adult Day Care Facility.
The respite care will also be available in different situations such as when the primary care giver must go into a hospital themselves or perhaps take a trip out of town.
How To Begin
The best way to begin the process is either to visit the nearest VA Medical Center or get in touch with a Caregiver Support Coordinator by going online at www.caregiver.va.gov.