I’m excited to announce another opportunity for you to directly advance one of our key pieces of legislation, the AUTO for Veterans Act (H.R. 5761/S. 4155). Please help our Chapter encourage more members of the New England Delegation to cosponsor this legislation by taking a few minutes to fill out this VoterVoice message. As you may recall, VoterVoice is a new program from PVA that allows us to harness the grassroots power of our members in a quick, easy, and effective way. The VoterVoice system enables members to take action by sending a pre-written email to your representatives in Congress. All you need to do is fill in your name, address, and hit send.
The AUTO for Veterans Act (H.R. 5761/S. 4155) has been one of our most pressing legislative priorities this year. This legislation would lessen the financial burden and expand access to transportation for eligible, disabled veterans by allowing them to receive an additional Automobile Grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), every ten years.
VA is currently authorized to provide eligible veterans with a one-time grant of approximately $21,400 to be used to purchase a new or used automobile and necessary adaptive equipment, such as specialized pedals or switches. The average cost to replace modified vehicles ranges from $40,000 to $65,000 when the vehicle is new and $21,000 to $35,000 when the vehicle is used. Because of the high cost to procure replacement vehicles, many veterans retain vehicles beyond their useful life which places them, and those around them, at risk.
Along with Chapters across the country, we strongly believe that Veterans should not have to shoulder the burden of the full cost of a vehicle. Though NEPVA wishes this legislation included non-service-connected injuries, it is a strong start and fills an important void.
On behalf of our Chapter, I’ve been discussing this issue with Congressional district staff throughout the year. While many offices have been receptive to our message, nothing is more powerful than hearing from a constituent. Please take a moment and fill out our VoterVoice message to request that your Representatives cosponsor this important legislation. Together, let’s get the New England Delegation onboard with helping paralyzed veterans!