Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services
Vehicle Modification s (Non Service Connected Veterans)
VA prosthetic and sensory aids service (PSAS) is the largest and most comprehensive provider of prosthetic devices and sensory aids in the world. VA provides all clinically appropriate and commercially available, state-of-the-art prosthetic equipment, sensory aids and devices to veterans that cross the full range of patient care.
Eligibility for vehicle modifications:
- Veterans who are enrolled in VHA’s healthcare system (Note: Vehicle modifications can be provided as medical services).
- Veterans with a non-service connected disability and not eligible for the AAE program.
Eligibility for VA driver’s training program
VA has 48 facilities that offer this programming.
These programs have over 100 specially adapted vehicles (cars, mini-vans and full sized vans) available to train Veterans / Servicemembers with various disabilities (e.g., Spinal Cord Injury, Amputation, Brain Injury, Stroke, Orthopedic conditions).
- Veterans / Servicemembers may be provided a clinical program of primary services that include:
- Pre-Driving Assessment; Behind-the Wheel Assessment; and equipment evaluation.
What does vehicle modifications include?
- Non-operational equipment (e.g., wheelchair tie downs; vehicle lifts; items to assist with entering / exiting the vehicle.
- Modifications on the drivers or passenger side.
What does vehicle modifications exclude?
- Operational equipment (e.g., low effort power brakes; low effort power steering column; hand controls).
- Benefits greater than those eligible for VBA’s AAE program. (Note: No 2 vehicles modified in a 4 year period).
Is pre-authorization required?
Yes. Before any vehicle modifications or equipment for the vehicle is installed, repaired, or replaced, authorization by the VA is required.
Veterans / Servicemembers should consult with VHA when making decisions regarding vehicle selection, modifications, or adaptions specifically required to meet individual needs. Evaluation for proper driving equipment is critical BEFORE purchasing a new vehicle in order to avoid unnecessary personal costs.
To apply for vehicle modifications, please contact your local Prosthetic Service at the nearest VA medical center or visit www.prosthetics.va.gov for more information about Prosthetics.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)