Leave No Veteran Behind
REFORM 1: This petition requires the VA to account comprehensively for a veteran’s lifestyle requirements—including recreational needs—when making determinations for powered wheelchairs. A veteran with a significant service-connected disability should be issued a powered mobility device that restores the maximum achievable mobility, personal independence, and lifestyle normalcy. These criteria should replace the VA’s current eligibility guidelines that only require the VA to consider, rather than accommodate, the recreational needs of a veteran. In addition, the VA should accommodate a veteran’s request for up to two powered wheelchairs. For example, a veteran may find it more functional to use a sit down Segway for routine home and work activities and a track chair for recreational activities.
A petition to our nation’s public officials.
The undersigned resolve that no veteran with a service-connected disability will be left behind on American soil.
Many wounded warriors face unreasonable delays or complete barriers to obtaining powered wheelchairs through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In fact, many veterans have been forced to turn to non-profit organizations to obtain a powered wheelchair that fits their medical and lifestyle needs.
While non-profit organizations should be encouraged to assist veterans, taxpayer dollars and the VA should be the first line of defense in support of those who sacrifice life and limb defending our country.
Unfortunately, the VA does not provide powered wheelchairs based on a veteran’s lifestyle needs, including track wheelchairs for outdoor mobility, sports, and other recreational activities.
We believe that the VA should be required to provide a veteran with a significant service-connected disability a wheelchair that restores the maximum achievable mobility, personal independence, and lifestyle normalcy.
It is time for Congress to act and require the VA to provide our wounded warriors with an appropriate wheelchair that restores maximum achievable mobility and personal independence.
This petition is a statement to our public officials that the nation must make good on the promises codified in federal law and ensure that the VA does the most for those veterans who have sacrificed the most for our country.