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    New Law Expands VA Program for Veterans to Buy Vehicles Adapted for Their Disabilities

    New Law Expands VA Program for Veterans to Buy Vehicles Adapted for Their Disabilities

    Retired Chief Warrant Officer Neal Williams has owned several vehicles in the last 25 years that were modified to accommodate his wheelchair and let him drive with hand controls.

    For his first vehicle, Williams, who is paralyzed as the result of a combat injury in , used a one-time grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs and drove it more than 250,000 miles, until it fell apart.

    Williams purchased subsequent vehicles, but he had to pay for them out-of-pocket, shelling out $50,000 for his most recent van, because the VA program allowed for only one purchase across a veteran's lifetime.

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    New legislation signed Thursday by President Joe Biden changed that requirement. Now, Williams, 73, and other disabled veterans who need modified vehicles to get around, will be eligible for an automobile grant from the VA every 10 years.

    Under the Advancing Uniform Transportation Opportunities for Veterans, or AUTO, Act, veterans who have not received a grant in the past 30 years will be eligible for another grant. Thereafter, veterans will be eligible every 10 years.

    “I've worn out several vehicles. This legislation allows veterans with mobility issues to be able to get their medical care and go about their normal daily routines that they otherwise wouldn't be able to on their own,” Williams said in an interview with Military.com from…

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