Griffin Mobility™ has been happily serving Veterans for nearly 20 years.
We understand and see the massive difficulties and paths that we, our families, other veterans, and caregivers must navigate through when going about the complex and complicated network of disability programs available to keep us mobile and independent. We are here to make your life more accessible. We are here to help you, giving you the resources, pages, forms, tools, and websites that you need to obtain accessible vehicles, mobility devices, scooter & wheelchair lifts, and adaptive driving equipment. If you’re a veteran or injured while in the service, we are here to work with you and your local VA to resolve any issues. These National Organizations might also help you with additional Veterans Administration benefits and other assistance programs.
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How to get started with the VA Disability Program:
Before continuing, you need to know if you qualify for VA mobility benefits. The below disabilities, resulting from injury or disease received, or aggravated during active service qualify you for benefits:
- Loss, or permanent loss of use, of at least one foot OR
- Loss, or permanent loss of use, of at least one hand OR
- Blindness, or permanent vision impairment of both eyes, consistent with VA disability guidelines OR
- Severe burn injuries resulting from deep, partial, or full-thickness burns that cause contracture or limits motion of one or more extremities that preclude effective operation of an automobile.
If any of these injuries apply to you, download the application VA FORM 21-4502 or call 844-698-2311 to request it, fill it out and submit.
Visit benefits.gov for additional details. Additionally, you can find out more on programs for Automobile Allowance and Automobile Adaptive Equipment. To apply for equipment for automobiles and other motor vehicles, download EQ FORM 10-1394 or call 844-698-2311 to request a copy. The AAE (Automobile Adaptive Equipment) Program enables physically challenged individuals to enter, exit, and/or operate a motor vehicle or other means of transportation.
Non-Service-Connected Vehicle Modifications Program
Eligible veterans can receive non-operational equipment to aid in the entry and exit of a van. Equipment is not issued under the Automobile Adaptive Equipment Program because it is categorized as medical. 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.
Griffin Mobility™ has compiled the following resources for our Veterans that may also aid in providing critical resources that improve the quality of their life.
US Department of Veterans Affairs
Our goal is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans’ benefits and customer satisfaction. Our department’s employees continue to offer their dedication and commitment to help veterans get the services they have earned. Our nation’s veterans deserve no less.
National Association of American Veterans
“NAAV Military Family Program seeks to ease the burden of caregivers, who are unexpectedly thrust into the caregiver role, by providing coaches and trainer to equip them with tools, training, and resources needed to become effective caregivers. NAAV works with leaders in the military and civilian community to build partnerships for the association. Aside from the large metropolitan and urban areas, NAAV has concentrated assistance efforts to rural area and southern communities, with outreach to returning soldiers and veterans in Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. “
Disabled American Veterans
"DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. Annually, the organization provides more than 600,000 rides to veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with well over 200,000 benefit claims. In 2018, DAV helped veterans receive more than $20 billion in earned benefits. DAV’s services are offered at no cost to all generations of veterans, their families and survivors. DAV is also a leader in connecting veterans with meaningful employment, hosting job fairs and providing resources to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in the American Dream their sacrifices have made possible. With nearly 1,300 chapters and more than 1 million members across the country, DAV empowers our nation’s heroes and their families by helping to provide the resources they need and ensuring our nation keeps the promises made to them."
Contact Form: https://www.dav.org/contact-us/
The Paralyzed Veterans of America
"Paralyzed Veterans of America, 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."
Wounded Warrior Project
“The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Our purpose is: to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women; to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of severely injured service members.”
Address: 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300 Jacksonville, FL 32256
Veterans Of Foreign Wars, VFW
“The VFW offers a wide range of assistance programs aimed at helping veterans of every generation. Whether that means providing free, professional help filing or appealing a VA claim, offering scholarships for post-secondary education or providing emergency financial relief when times get tough, the VFW is there for America's veterans.
“Our nationwide network of service officers are experts at navigating the VA system. These trained professionals assist veterans filing for their VA claims and help veterans get the benefits they deserve.
“The mental well-being of America’s veterans is of the utmost importance to the VFW. This vital initiative allows us to positively impact a great number of veterans, and help to change the narrative associated with mental wellness.”
And, of course, VFW has posts around the country and worldwide where veterans can meet, socialize, and relax.
Address: National Headquarters, 406 West 34th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111
VA Enrollment Form
Application for Health Benefits
VA Spina Bifida Benefits
The VA provides monetary allowances, vocational training and VA-financed health care benefits to the children of Vietnam veterans diagnosed with Spina Bifida.
Veterans Health Administration
This website contains information regarding VHA-wide policies, procedures, requirements and other information of general applicability.
The National Council for Aging Care’s guide on Military Veteran Benefit Options
HELPING YOU NAVIGATE YOUR VETERAN BENEFIT OPTIONS
“From the beginning, Aging.com has served as a resource to help seniors and their families learn more about the specifics of planning for their later years. From aging in place to insurance to government programs, we’ve got what you need to know to continue enjoying a long, healthy life.
“We’ve designed our user-friendly guides to walk you through everything you need to know to make informed decisions on the key questions facing you and your family. Helping you plan, implement, and relax is the core of our mission.
“If you’re a senior today, chances are you’ll live longer and have more control over your life than seniors in any previous generation. At Aging.com, we’re dedicated to connecting seniors like you with public and private organizations that can help you prepare your home, your bank account, your body, and your mind to age your way.”
Address: 1200 G Street, NW, Washington D.C. 20005
Mesothelioma & Veterans
Many U.S. veterans were exposed to asbestos during their military service. Those who go on to develop mesothelioma and other asbestos-related conditions qualify for special benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Eligible veterans with mesothelioma may receive 100% disability benefits and other types of assistance from the VA.
These include disability compensation, special monthly compensation and service-connected death benefits for surviving family members. An approved mesothelioma VA claim provides much-needed help for servicepersons. One of the most important veterans benefits is access to treatment at any facility in the VA network.
The best mesothelioma centers for veterans include the VA health care systems in Boston and Los Angeles, which are served by some of the top mesothelioma doctors in the nation.
Though military asbestos exposure is most often associated with Navy ships, the toxic mineral was also used in vehicles and installations of the Army, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard."
Address: 1 S. Orange Ave., Suite 301, Orlando, FL 32801
If you know or hear of additional resources we may have missed and/or omitted, please contact us and send us a message, so we can add it to our list to keep up to date.
Please be sure to check back frequently for any resource updates.
Best of luck to you!
http://www.va.gov/ : Official Website of Veteran's Affairs
Prosthetics Department : VA's Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services is responsible for the national policies and programs for medical rehabilitation, prosthetic and sensory aids services that promote the health, independence and quality of life for Veterans with disabilities.
Veterans Health Administration : VHA-wide policies, procedures, requirements and other information of general applicability
VA 21-4502 : Application to see if you qualify for VA mobility benefits
https://www.naavets.org/ : National Association Of American Veterans
http://www.dav.org/ : Disabled American Veterans
http://www.pva.org/ : Paralyzed Veterans of America