VMI and Paralyzed Veterans of America Join Forces in Operation Independence Mobility Vehicle Program: Vantage Mobility International, Inc.
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VMI and Paralyzed Veterans of America Join Forces in Operation Independence Mobility Vehicle Program

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PHOENIX – Nov 11, 2011Vantage Mobility International (VMI), a leader in the manufacturing and distribution of wheelchair accessible full-size and minivan conversions, and Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) have joined with VMI’s Select Dealer Network to develop the Operation Independence campaign.  This national program in support of Paralyzed Veterans’ Mission: ABLE campaign, is designed to help U.S. Veterans learn how to fast track the purchase of a mobility minivan with the support of Federal Grant 21-4502.

“U.S. veterans make so many sacrifices for our freedoms,” said Doug Eaton, president of VMI.  “We’re  indebted for their service and believe our disabled vets should have easier access to mobility vehicles.  That’s why we teamed up with Paralyzed Veterans and the VMI Select Dealer Network to establish Operation Independence.  Through this national program, we’ll help raise awareness of the federal grant money that is available to our vets to help them purchase a new mobility vehicle.  We’ll also explain how the national VMI Select Dealer Network can fast track their purchase of a quality mobility van and provide important vehicle maintenance after the sale.”

Operation Independence is a national program developed by VMI and the VMI Select Dealer Network and is supported by the Paralyzed Veterans.  A portion of the program will educate veterans about Federal Grant 21-4502, which is available to disabled U.S. vets and was recently increased from $11,500 to $18,900.   In addition to the grant, VMI is offering an additional $1,000 coupon that can be used as cash back from the manufacturer or applied toward a down payment for veterans who qualify for the 21-4502 grant and who have not previously taken advantage of the 21-4502 Auto Allowance Grant.The VMI $1,000 offer ends Nov. 11, 2012.

The VMI Select Dealer Network, which is a national group of retail mobility vehicle stores, will support Operation Independence by working with disabled veterans and local Veteran Affairs offices and other federal government institutions to help expedite the purchase, build and delivery of a mobility-based vehicle.

“We’ve found that a number of important government benefits like the 21-4502 program, which provides a grant towards the purchase of a mobility vehicle of their choice, are under-utilized by eligible veterans,” said Al Kovach, National Senior Vice President of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, and a former Navy SEAL.  “This  partnership with VMI’s Operation Independence is so important to as it supports Paralyzed Veterans’ Mission: ABLE campaign which enables severely disabled veterans to secure care, benefits and jobs and rebuild their lives. Together, we can leverage our efforts to improve mobility for disabled veterans by connecting them with the vehicles that fit their needs and ultimately help them achieve the independence and dignity they deserve.”

For more information about Operation Independence and how U.S. veterans will be supported through the VMI Select Dealer Network, visit the Operation Independence website.  VMI will donate $1 to Paralyzed Veterans for every Facebook “Like” on the VMI (Vantage Mobility International) fan page (up to $10,000).


Vantage Mobility International is a manufacturer and distributor of the most innovative, reliable, highest quality and easily accessible transportation in the world. Their full line of products include domestic and import minivan conversions, full-size van conversions, platform lifts, scooter and wheelchair lifts and transfer seats.  For more information, call Aaron Cook at (214) 520-3430 Ext. 302 or visit http://www.VantageMobility.com.


Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a group of seriously injured American heroes from the “Greatest Generation” of World War II. They created a nonprofit organization to meet the challenges head that they faced back in the 1940s — from a medical community not ready to treat them, to an inaccessible world. For more than 65 years, Paralyzed Veterans national office and 34 chapters across the nation have been making America a better place for all veterans and people with disabilities. (www.pva.org)