With attention turned towards Veterans Day last week, people around the country were showing their support for Veterans and everything they have selflessly done for our country. But to us, dedicating just one day to the service of Veterans just is not enough. At Rollx Vans our team strives to take it one step further and celebrate Veterans all year round.
How do we do this you ask? We do this by supporting organizations that support Veterans and their families. Nonprofit organizations like our friends at the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), and also by working directly with Veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help Veterans gain independence through mobility.
But what exactly does all of this mean? In this post we will take a look at how we got started assisting Veterans with their transportation needs and how we continue to help Veterans to this day.
Let’s Start at the Beginning with a Brief History
While Rollx Vans started working with Veterans long before the early 2000s, our Founder, Wade Harris, started a charitable program within his company called Wounded Warriors in 2004. This program was started for wounded Veterans returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan who needed lengthy rehabilitation. It allowed these Veterans free use of a wheelchair van to transport to and from rehab services. This service gave these Veterans the ability to return home to their families sooner than they normally would have, while continuing to get the rehab services they needed. This program served more than 200 wounded Veterans.
To continue with the ideals of the Wounded Warrior program, we regularly work with organizations like Partners in Energy and the PVA. In our partnerships with these agencies, we support events like the PVA Games and PVA Trap Shoots and other events that support Veterans and their families.
Customized Vans to Fit Veterans’ Needs
At Rollx Vans, we do not believe in a one size fits all solution. We know that each and every customer that we work with has different needs for their vehicle. And this is no different for the Veterans we work with. Some have a family that will also be riding in the wheelchair van. Some want to drive using hand controls from their wheelchair and others want to drive from a transfer seat. Some decide to be a passenger and some prefer a flexible seating arrangement so they can be positioned in multiple areas of the vehicle.
Because each Veteran has different needs from their vehicle, our team works closely with them to put together a custom accessibility package that works for them and their family. During the buying process, we will work with the Veteran and their family to determine their specific wants and needs as they pertain to the following:
- Vehicle Make, Model and Trim Package
- Vehicle Exterior and Interior Colors
- Ramp or Lift Style
- Seating Layout
- Hand Controls/Zero Effort Steering Options
- Transfer Seats
- Tie down and Securement Devices
- And, more!
Working with the Department of Veterans Affairs
Did you know that as a Veteran it is likely you qualify for a grant towards a wheelchair van or the conversion of a wheelchair van? Eligibility may vary based on the department’s funding, but generally the grants available to Veterans include the following:
- Service connected injury: If the Veteran’s injury was connected to their service, they may qualify for a grant of up to $20,000 through the VA’s auto adaptive program. This can be used one time towards the purchase of a wheelchair van. Additionally, they will be able to take advantage of the Automobile Adaptive Equipment program which covers just the cost of the conversion once every two years for Veterans. Some Veterans may be eligible to take advantage of both of these programs at the same time for their first wheelchair van purchase that is grant assisted.
- Non-service connected injury: If the Veteran’s injury is not connected to their service, they may still qualify for a grant. If they do not qualify for a grant, there are still rebates and other state and local government grants they may qualify for.
- Equipment repairs: The VA may also cover the cost of any repairs needed to a wheelchair van that do not fall under the general maintenance umbrella.
While not all Veterans will qualify for the grants available towards a wheelchair van, our team helps our Veteran customers work with the VA on the necessary paperwork for the grant funding. Additionally, once we have converted a vehicle for a Veteran customer, we will complete the process with the VA by taking the van to them to be inspected prior to delivering the van right to the customer’s driveway.
Exclusive Veterans Discounts
At Rollx Vans, we are always looking for ways to up our game and bring more to our customers than any other company in our industry. For Veterans, this means exclusive discounts above and beyond any VA grants they may be eligible for. Currently, Veterans can take advantage of up to an additional $3,000 in rebates. These can be used to offset the costs of a wheelchair van purchase.
Veterans Gaining Mobility through Rollx Vans
At Rollx Vans, we strive to prove that we go above and beyond for each and every one of our customers including our customers that are Veterans. That is because our goal is to help each of our customers gain as much independence as they possibly can. For our customers, this means they will have mobility independence and be able to go where they need to go, whenever they need to go there.
If you or someone you care for is a Veteran and are looking for your first or next wheelchair van, we invite you to give our team a call. With more combined experience than any other company in our industry, our experienced sales team representatives are looking forward to meeting and working with you. They can’t wait to help you on your way to a more independent future.