The country duo Florida Georgia Line are quickly becoming some of the biggest stars in music. Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard released their third album last year, and have been touring all over North America in 2017. As a part of their “Dig your Roots” tour the group decided they wanted to do something special. Earlier this month they donated an all-terrain wheelchair to retired Army Staff Sergeant Shane Savage. Shane and his family also received free tickets to the show — and just days prior were told the exciting news that they would get to meet the band and be part of a special presentation.
Several veteran and mobility related organizations have been working together for months to help get House Bill 3471 passed. Known as the Veterans Mobility Safety Act, it now only needs President Obama to sign the bill into law which is expected to happen later this month.
The Veterans Mobility Safety Act will require vendors who supply veterans with accessible equipment to demonstrate compliance with quality and safety standards. The money that veterans receive for accessible products comes from the Automobile Adaptive Equipment program (AAE). Organizations such as Paralyzed Veterans of America and NMEDA (National Mobility Equipment Dealer Association) applauded the new regulations.
Today, the MobilityWorks family honors all of our Veterans and current military personnel. Your sacrifices and service provide us with safety and freedom, for which we are extremely grateful. Here at MobilityWorks, we are proud to employ Veterans who have served in all branches of the Armed Forces. The dedication and determination they bring helps us better serve the community on a daily basis.
4 Interesting Veterans Day Facts:
Beginning October 1, 2016, eligible Service Members and Veterans with certain service-connected disabilities were granted an increase in the VA Auto Allowance program of (no more than) $20,235 toward the purchase of a vehicle. This is a one-time lifetime grant. Those qualified for the automobile grant may also qualify for the adaptive equipment grant, which is not limited to one time use.
It’s important to note that all individuals need to have prior VA approval before purchasing a vehicle.
Last Thursday, several members from the Warrior Transition Battalion Command Team visited MobilityWorks of Tampa to see all of the adaptive solutions available for Veterans. Part of this unit’s role is to help injured and wounded soldiers returning from battle to find the best care available. They also assist with finding them new careers and serve as a support group. These units are stationed at major military treatment facilities across the world. Their branch is a local detachment from the Fort Stewart battalion in Southern Georgia.