Veteran Mobility Van Resources

VMi New England Mobility Center

Veteran Mobility Dealer

 

Definition of Veteran


One

a) An old soldier of long service.

b) A former member of the armed forces.


Two

A person of long experience usually in some occupation or skill.

Operation Independence


Operation Independence is an awareness campaign to help Veterans understand and utilize their vehicle mobility benefits such as the auto allowance grant and the automobile adaptive equipment program. These benefits along with the assistance of a VMI Select Dealer can help a Veteran select and purchase a wheelchair accessible vehicle that best fits their needs.


VMI is the premier manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vans. VMI Dealers, such as Automotive Innovations Inc., are experts in mobility assessment and customization. Together we have combined our knowledge with the Paralyzed Veterans of America to increase awareness with disabled Veterans regarding VA vehicle benefits, and help them get the benefits they have earned while serving our country.

VMI and Select Dealer Networks, such as Automotive Innovations inc., will help give Veterans a $1000 rebate towards a van that will be converted for wheelchair accessibility.

Veteran Vehicle Mobility Benefits


  1. The Auto Allowance Grant: This program provides eligible Veterans with a federal grant of $19,505.00 towards the purchase of a wheelchair accessible vehicle. This grant is paid to the seller of the vehicle and must be approved by the VA before the purchase.


  1. The Automobile Adaptive Equipment Program: This program provides eligible Veterans equipment and training to enter, exit and/or operate a motor vehicle. This equipment includes but not limited to platform wheelchair lifts, kneeling systems, power door openers, lowered floors/raised roofs, raised doors, hand controls and braking and digital driving systems.


  1. Non Service Connected Van Modifications: This program provides eligible Veterans with non-operational equipment for entry and exit to the van. Issuance of equipment is considered medical and is not included as part of the Automobile Adaptive Equipment Program.


  1. Find a VMI Dealer, such as Automotive Innovations inc., to lead you through the system so you can determine your level of benefits.

Select A Mobility Dealer


  1. Trust - The Mobility Dealer should have over 25 years of experience helping people select the best wheelchair van that fits their specific needs.


  1. Convenience - The Mobility Dealer should be in your neighborhood and/or community to provide personalized sales and service.


  1. Certified mobility consultants - The Mobility Dealer should be experienced with mobility needs assessments as well as with the VA funding process.


  1. Inventory - The Mobility Dealer should have a local selection of wheelchair accessible vans that are on hand for demonstration, fit, assessment and/or delivery.

Wheelchair Accessible Vans


If you think the field of wheelchair accessible vans is limited to full-sized conversion vehicles, think again. The term encapsulates any vehicle that can be modified to provide easy access for those who use wheelchairs.


That access is usually accomplished by adjusting the “stock” version of the vehicle. That includes modifications designed to facilitate easier wheelchair entry and exit including door height and vehicle height changes. It usually involves the addition of a wheelchair ramp or lift, as well. Other potential conversions include changes to steering and braking systems, suspension alterations, automatic entry systems and countless other interior and exterior customizations.

Funding and Financing


VA does not make loans or grants for the startup or expansion of a small business.  The Small Business Administration (SBA) is the agency that has been tasked with small businesses financing, for which they have several loan programs established.



Economic Development Grants/Loans


Economic development grants or loans are typically provided by municipal, regional or state agencies that target specific areas for new business.  These loans are sometimes also provided by private concerns.  The best place to locate these types of financing are through your state’s economic development organization or through the Council for Urban Economic Development.  In an effort to improve their local economies, most states, and many municipalities and counties, sponsor a variety of public funding sources for Small Business concerns.  At the state level, nearly all states have some form of state economic development agency and/or state finance authority that make loans or loan guarantees to small businesses.



Family and Friends/Collateralized Loans and Credit Cards


According to the SBA, the overwhelming majority of startups are financed by family and friends, collateralized loans, and credit cards.



Grants


Grants are a form of funding for specific federal research and social programs.  Contrary to popular belief, there are no Federal grants made specifically for the purpose of starting a business.  Organizations can use the Grants.gov website to electronically find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies.  Grants.gov is THE single access point for over 900 grant programs offered by the 26 Federal grant-making agencies.



Loans


All small business loans are determined on a basis of credit-worthiness.  Financial institutions take into account several factors including:  a business profile, description of how loan funds will be used, collateral offered, business financial statements and personal financial statements.  Generally, small business loans are repaid in five to seven years.  There are several SBA small business loan programs established, which are described on the SBA Financing web site.



National Association of Development Companies


The National Association of Development Companies (NADCO) is the trade association of Certified Development Companies (CDCs) — companies that have been certified by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide financing for small businesses under the Certified Development Company Economic Development Loan Program or the SBA 504 Program The SBA 504 loan program was created for two reasons:  (1) To provide financing to entrepreneurs who are ready to buy or build a facility, and (2) for the purpose of stimulating economic development through job creation, business growth and increased tax revenues.  A simple way to describe an SBA 504 loan is as a mortgage for small business owners to “purchase homes” for their businesses. Visit NADCO to find basic information on SBA 504 Loans and how one can work for you!



Patriot Express Loan


On June 14th, 2007, SBA launched a loan program for Veterans called Patriot Express.  The Patriot Express Loan, part of the SBA 7(a) small business loan program, provides financial assistance for Veterans and members of the military community who want to establish or expand small businesses.  More information can be found at the SBA Express & Pilot Programs web site.  Local SBA district office will also have a listing of lenders in your area (800-827-5722).



Preferred Lenders


Preferred Lenders are financial institutions chosen from among SBA’s best lenders and have full delegation of lending authority for a lower rate of guaranty.  Preferred lenders have a maximum SBA guarantee of 75%.  Preferred lenders account for ten percent of SBA loans.



Prompt Pay Act


The Prompt Payment Final Rule (formerly OMB Circular A-125, "Prompt Payment") requires Executive departments and agencies to pay commercial obligations within certain time periods and to pay interest penalties when payments are late.  On June 17, 1998, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requested comment on proposed revisions to the Circular.  The Circular was revised to reflect the increased use of electronic commerce in the Federal government and the private sector and to reflect the requirements of the Debt Collection Improvement Act (DCIA) of 1996.  Comments were received from 21 entities, including 15 Federal agencies, five vendors, and one university.  After considering the comments received, OMB issued final rule 5 CFR 1315 on September 29, 1999.



State Programs


State Commerce Departments often have direct or participating loan programs that may be even more attractive than SBA-guaranteed loan programs.  Also, don’t forget to check local colleges, universities, or trade schools to see if they have any Small Business assistance programs.  Some institutions, with the help of public funding, provide business “incubator” programs that can include consulting, marketing, services, facilities, and financing opportunities to local businesses as part of the institution’s business education program.  These types of financing are available to everyone.  You may also want to check with your local Veteran’s Service Organization, such as the American Legion, to see if they know of anything specifically targeted at Veterans in your area.  Another place to find information on these types of financing is your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC).



Venture Capital Funds


In some cases, venture capital funds or other private investors may invest in a startup company.  All investment and lending decisions are made by the financial institutions.



Veterans Business Fund (VBF)


The Veterans Business Fund (VBF) is a not-for profit organization.  It was established in response to the high unemployment rate among Veterans, many of whom are well qualified through their military experience to become successful small business owners but lack sufficient equity capital to qualify for a small business loan.

VBF was established to assist Veterans by providing them with the supplemental capital required to satisfy the equity requirements for a small business loan.  The VBF provides capital to veterans in the form of a non interest bearing loan with very favorable repayment terms.  All principal paid to The Fund will be made available to future Veteran entrepreneurs who also require assistance in meeting the equity requirements for small business loans.  The VBF is supported by Syracuse University’s Burton Blatt Institute; the International Franchise Association’s VetFran Program; SCORE supported by SBA to provide counseling to small businesses; and many other organizations and programs.

Veterans Mobility Resources

Automobile and Special Adaptive Equipment Grants

 

Automotive Innovations Has Helped Thousands of Veterans to Regain Their Independence


Whether you’re a service-connected veteran or not, Automotive Innovations can help you to obtain the requirement and procedure information from the VA and other programs that offer assistance. For service-connected veterans, the Veterans Administration recently increased its one-time Automobile and Special Adaptive Equipment Grant Program to $19,505 (effective October 1, 2012). With this increase in financial aid to our wounded warriors, providers such as Automotive Innovations are able to help more of our heroes realize their goal of personal transportation independence.

 

Veterans who qualify for the Automobile and Special Adaptive Equipment Grant are encouraged to contact a Certified Mobility Consultant, such as Automotive Innovations, for additional information and guidance. We can work with you and the local VA Medical Center to sort through issues and concerns. More information can also be found at www.vba.va.gov/VBA.

 

Automotive Innovations partners with conversion manufacturers and other industry suppliers who provide veterans with discounted pricing and/or rebates. We also install stowage lifts for transporting scooters — which may also be covered by the VA for non-service veterans. We can also help those who are planning to drive with the aid of hand controls.

Call us at 508-697-6006 to talk to a certified mobility consultant.

 

The following organizations may also help you in learning more about additional Veterans Administration benefits and other assistance programs.

Paralyzed Veterans of America, PVA

The PVA is a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members - veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.

801 Eighteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-3517
800-424-8200
www.pva.org
info@pva.org

 

Ask Vets First

For veterans who may require advice and assistance in obtaining VA benefits. Vets First has 60 years of experience in assisting veterans. This is a free service for all disabled veterans:
www.helpdesk.vetsfirst.org
vafed@vafvets.org

 

Disabled American Veterans, DAV

The DAV is made up exclusively of men and women disabled in our nation's defense, and is dedicated to one, single purpose - building better lives for all our nation's disabled veterans and their families. To learn more about joining the DAV please visit www.dav.org or call 877-I AM A VET (877-426-2838).

 

Veterans Benefits Administration

The Veterans Affairs vision is to provide veterans the world-class benefits and services they have earned - and to do so by adhering to the highest standards of compassion, commitment, excellence, professionalism, integrity, accountability, and stewardship. 

The VA operates hundreds of medical facilities, issues millions of checks for education, disability and pensions, and supervises more than 125 national cemeteries. With more than 275,000 employees (as of September 2008), VA is America's second largest federal agency. When eligible dependents and survivors are included, approximately 63 million people - about one-quarter of the nation's population - are eligible for VA benefits and services.

US Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, DC 20420
1-800-827-1000
www.va.gov 
www.vba.va.gov

 

Wounded Warrior Project

A nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors.

7020 AC Skinner Parkway, Suite 100
Jacksonville, FL 32256
877-TEAM-WWP (832-6997) 
904-296-7347 (Fax)
www.woundedwarriorproject.org
info@woundedwarriorproject.org

 

Veterans Assistance Foundation, Inc., VAF

The VAF is a nonprofit corporation that was established January 1994 to operate transitional housing programs for military veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The VAF is comprised of veterans who are nationally recognized as experts on the issues of homelessness among veterans and are dedicated to veteran's advocacy. The VAF currently operates three of these programs throughout the State of Wisconsin and has also branched out into the State of California.(www.cavaf.org) VAF provide supportive services and transitional housing for veterans from all over the United States.

National Headquarters
500 Veterans Street 
Tomah, WI 54660 
608-372-1282
www.veteransassistance.org
vafed@vafvets.org

 

Veterans Of Foreign Wars, VFW

The mission of the VFW is to support programs to increase awareness of the sacrifices of America's veterans; promote citizenship education, volunteerism and positive youth programs; and facilitate medical, rehabilitative, educational and employment services and needs for veterans and their families.

National Headquarters
406 West 34th Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
816-756-3390
www.vfw.org
info@vfw.org

 

 

Veteran Affairs Departments by State

Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) [http://www.va.state.al.us]

The Alabama VA strives to help veterans and their families receive the federal and state benefits that they are entitled to. This may include assistance with handicap van access.
Contact Information
RSA Plaza Building
Suite 470
770 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36130
Phone: 334-242-5077

 

California Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) [http://www.calvet.ca.gov/]

The California VA helps veterans and their families receive the federal and state benefits that they are entitled to. This may include assistance with handicap van and adaptive technologies access.
Contact Information
1227 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 1-800-952-5626
TTY: 1-800-324-5966

 

Florida Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) [http://floridavets.org/]

The Florida VA helps veterans and their families receive the state and federal benefits they qualify for. This can include assistance with the purchase of a handicap van and adaptive technologies.
Contact Information
11351 Ulmerton Road
Suite 311-K
Largo, FL 33778-1630

 

Georgia Department of Veteran Service (GDVS) [http://veterans.georgia.gov]

The GDVS serves U.S. veterans living in Georgia. They may help veterans who sustained disabling injuries in service gain access to handicap vans.
Contact Information
Floyd Veterans Memorial Building
Suite E-970
Atlanta, Georgia 30334-4800 
Phone: 404-0656-2300
gavetsvc@vs.state.ga.us

 

Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) [http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/facility.asp?ID=848]

The Illinois VA helps veterans and their families receive the federal and state benefits that they are entitled to. This may include assistance with adaptive technologies access and handicap vans.
Contact Information
2122 West Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 800-827-1000

 

Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) [http://www.michigan.gov/dmva]

The DMVA strives to help veterans and their families receive the benefits that they are entitled to. This may include assistance with handicap van access.
Contact Information
3423 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd 
Lansing, MI 48906
Phone: 517-335-6523 
DMVA-Webmaster@michigan.gov

 

Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), State of New Jersey [http://www.state.nj.us/military]

The New Jersey's DMVA helps veterans and their families receive the benefits that they are entitled to from the state and federal governments. This may include assistance with handicap van access.
Contact Information
P.O. Box 340
Trenton, NJ 08625-0340
Contact Form: http://www.nj.gov/military/admin/main_contact.html

 

New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) [http://veterans.ny.gov]

The New York VA helps veterans from New York and their families receive the government benefits that they are entitled to. This may include assistance with adaptive technologies access.
Contact Information
5 Empire State Plaza
17th Floor 
Albany, NY 12223-1551
Phone: 888-838-7697 (888-VETSNYS) 
DVAInfo@veterans.ny.gov

 

Ohio Department of Veterans Services (ODVS) [http://dvs.ohio.gov]

The ODVS helps advocate for and provide services and support to US veterans in Ohio. It coordinates VA programs, operations, and veteran benefits in the state.
Contact Information
77 South High Street, 7th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-644-0898 
888-387-6446
ohiovet@dvs.ohio.gov

 

Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) [www.dmva.state.pa.us]

The Pennsylvania DMVA works with veterans and their families to help them receive aid from the state and federal government. This can include assistance with adaptive technologies. 
Contact Information
Building S-0-47, FTIG
Annville, PA 17003
Phone: 800-547-2838
RA-VA-Info@pa.gov

 

Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) [http://www.state.tn.us/veteran]

The Tennessee VA helps veterans and their families receive the benefits that they are entitled to from the state and federal governments. This may include assistance with handicap van access.
Contact Information
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue 
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: 615-741-2931 
TN.Veterans@tn.gov

 

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) [http://dva.state.wi.us]

The WDVA works with veterans and their families to help them receive the benefits they are entitled to from the government. This may include assistance with adaptive technologies.
Contact Information
201 W. Washington Avenue
PO Box 7843
Madison, WI 53707-7843 
Phone: 1-800-WIS-VETS (947-8387) 
WisVets@dva.wisconsin.gov

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Are you a Veteran looking for a place to buy, service and/or repair your wheelchair van? We can help call us to schedule an appointment today!

VMi New England Mobility Center Automotive Innovations is a one stop shop located in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. We provide our customers with access to the custom fitment, service and repair of all the leading mobility wheelchair accessible vehicles.

Over the past 25+ years we’ve been servicing and installing mobility equipment into Mobility Vehicles. So if you’re a Veteran in need of hand controls, a zero effort steering system, left foot gas pedals or any other device that will offer you greater freedom and independence bring your Accessible van to us today no matter the year or model.

All of our new and used mobility vans offer tie downs and other important safety features as well as the ability to be easily upgraded with EZ Locks and other equipment.

We carry many brand names such as Toyota, HondaFord, and Chrysler/Dodge. We keep a selection of new and used vehicles in stock, we also accept trade in vehicles as well.

We will accept virtually all non-modified vehicles that are preferably under 10 years old with odometers at 100,000 miles or less. You can also trade in a converted mobility vehicle from Braun, VMI, Rollx, and, even a AMS converted handicap vans.

We are a member of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association.

We understand that every one person’s needs and desires are different. Contact us today for a demonstration on what our vehicles and equipment can offer to help make your life more mobile and convenient.

Our Certified Mobility Consultants will be happy to answer all of your questions about Veteran wheelchair van resources and will gladly take the time to discuss the handicapped accessible vehicles and options that you feel might be the best fit to meet and fulfill your mobility needs. We will even come to you, demonstrating our vehicles at your home or place of work.

VMi New England Mobility Center Automotive Innovations, Inc. makes every effort to ensure that our information on this website is accurate and true. However, Automotive Innovations, Inc. cannot be held responsible for inaccurate information provided by outside sources. Please verify all equipment, price and options before purchase. Vehicle availability is subject to prior sale.