Washington, D.C.—Today, the president signed into law provisions of the Advancing Uniform Transportation Opportunities (AUTO) for Veterans Act, legislation co-authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) that will reduce the financial burden for severely disabled veterans who require special adaptive equipment to drive a motor vehicle. The legislation will make these veterans eligible to receive a grant through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help purchase a new adaptive vehicle once every ten years, helping them to drive safely and maintain their independence.
Under the prior law, veterans could only receive a single automobile grant over the course of their lives. The provisions authored by Senator Collins were enacted as part of the Veterans Auto and Education Improvement Act of 2022 (H.R. 7939), which was amended in the Senate to include the AUTO for Veterans Act provisions.
The AUTO for Veterans Act will relieve an enormous burden for many veterans throughout the country who need to purchase expensive adaptive vehicles in order to drive safely or to drive at all.
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