There are about 18.5 million veterans of military service in the United States today and about half of them are 65 years of age and older. Health care services are provided to veterans by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), an office within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Below you will find resources available to veterans regarding mobility:
Local contact information for veterans residing in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties in Michigan.
The VA provides a list of toll free numbers to various departments that may help you uncover benefits that may be available to you.
The Veterans Benefits Administration administers the Automobiles and Adaptive Equipment for Certain Disabled Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces program, which offers a one-time payment of not more than $11,000 toward the purchase of an automobile or other vehicle. VA pays for adaptive equipment and for repair, replacement, or re-installation required because of disability.
In appreciation the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) members are eligible for exclusive savings on new Ford and Lincoln vehicles through the X-Plan Partner Recognition Program. The program offers members the opportunity to purchase or lease eligible vehicles at Ford Motor Company's X-Plan pricing.
The Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Grant is designed to help provide a barrier-free living environment that affords the individual a level of independent living they may not otherwise enjoy, such as creating a wheelchair accessible home. Veterans and service members with specific service-connected disabilities may be entitled to a grant for the purpose of constructing or modifying a home to meet their adaptive needs. This grant is currently limited to $63,780.
VA Benefit Fact Sheets
These fact sheets provide basic information on VA benefit programs by category.
The newly created Veterans Transportation Service (VTS) seeks to implement pilot projects that will demonstrate innovations in overcoming barriers to VHA access, especially for veterans who are visually impaired, elderly, or immobilized due to disease or disability, as well as those living in rural and highly rural areas.
The Veteran-Directed Home and Community Based Services program provides Veterans of all ages the opportunity to choose services to receive at home. The Veteran and their caregiver manage a flexible budget and decide what mix of services will best meet the Veteran’s personal care needs. The Veteran can decide to hire their own personal care aides, including family or neighbors, and purchase items or services to live independently in the community.
VetsFirst is a program of United Spinal Association that directly assists veterans and their eligible family members obtain the benefits they are entitled to, deserve and need.
Wounded Warriors Project Resource Center provides warriors and their families/ caregivers with information on available programs and services to meet their needs. The Center is equipped to help warriors and caregivers identify resources to meet a range of needs.