Paralyzed Veterans of America applauds House for passing AUTO for Veterans Act, urges Senate to pass quickly

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WASHINGTON, September 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Paralyzed Veterans of America Executive Director Carl Blake today issued the following statement in response to the House passing HR 3304, also known as the AUTO for Veterans Act. This revised legislation authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to immediately provide an additional car allowance to eligible veterans if 25 years have passed from the date they received their first car grant. Over time, the period would shorten to 10 years.

The AUTO for Veterans Act would also change the definition of “medical services” to include certain vehicle modifications like van lifts, which are offered through VA’s Automobile Adaptive Equipment program. This latter provision would help ensure that veterans with non-service-related illnesses and injuries continue to receive assistance through the AAE program.

“Paralysed Veterans of America’s efforts to secure a second car allowance for eligible veterans took a big step toward becoming law today and we greatly appreciate the bipartisan effort to move this bill forward. We thank the representatives Lizzie Fletcher, Dan Meuserand David Throne for leading efforts to expand transportation access for veterans with disabilities. PVA is especially grateful to the Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee Marc Takano and Ranking Member Mike Bost, who made it possible for the bill to pass.”

Blake continued, “Access to safe and reliable transportation is critical to the health and well-being of severely disabled veterans. We now call on the Senate to pass this important legislation as soon as possible.

The average life of a modified vehicle is 11.5 years (or less) and replacement costs tens of thousands of dollars. Although disabled veterans may receive multiple AAE grants in their lifetime, they are limited to one grant for the purchase of a vehicle. The current limit does not take into account that a disabled veteran will need more than one vehicle in their lifetime. The cost of a new modified vehicle today, coupled with inflation, presents tremendous financial hardship for many disabled veterans who must replace their primary mode of transportation once it reaches the end of its service life. useful life.

To learn more about the AUTO Veterans Act and help move this legislation forward, join PVAction Force today and show your support for PVA.org.

About America’s Paralyzed Veterans

Paralyzed Veterans of America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the only congressionally chartered veterans services organization dedicated solely to the benefit and representation of veterans with injuries or illnesses of the spinal cord. The organization ensures that veterans receive benefits earned through service to our nation; oversees their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funds research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for people with paralysis.

As a lifelong partner and advocate for veterans and all persons with disabilities, PVA also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, and provides health and rehabilitation opportunities. through sports and recreation. With more than 70 offices and 33 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans of America serves veterans, their families and caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Colombiaand Porto Rico. Learn more about PVA.org.

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