Program DescriptionThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is authorized to provide eligible Veterans and other beneficiaries mileage reimbursement, common carrier (plane, train, bus, taxi, light rail etc.), or when medically indicated "special mode" (ambulance, wheelchair van) transport for travel to and from VA, or VA authorized non-VA health care for which the Veteran is eligible.
General Program RequirementsVeterans qualify for travel benefits if:
- Veteran has a service-connected (SC) disability of 30% or more (travel for care relating to any condition)
- Travel is in connection with care for SC disability
- In receipt of a VA pension
- Previous year income does not exceed maximum VA pension rate
- Projected income in travel year does not exceed maximum VA pension rate
- Travel is for a C&P exam
- Travel is to obtain a service dog
- Travel is in relation to VA transplant care
Certain non-Veterans may receive travel at VA expense:
- Allied Beneficiaries if country reimburses VA
- Attendants: When clinically determined by a VA provider that, due to the Veterans mental or physical condition, an attendant is required when transporting the Veteran
- Beneficiaries of Other Federal Agencies if Agency reimburses VA
- Donors/Support person: If part of VA transplant care
- Caregivers who are part of the National Caregiver Support Program
The current mileage reimbursement rate is 41.5 cents with a $3.00 deductible for each one-way trip or $6.00 for each round-trip.
Upon reaching $18.00 in deductibles or six one-way (three round) trips, whichever occurs first, in a calendar month travel payments for the balance of that month will be free of deductible charges. A waiver of deductibles may be afforded to certain Veterans.
To qualify for special mode transportation, a Veteran must meet one of the administrative eligibility criteria; a VA health care provider must determine that a special mode of transport is medically required. and traveling in relation to VA or VA-authorized non-VA care.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application ProcessBeneficiaries may apply for travel orally or in writing generally at the facility where care was provided however, in some cases there may be an alternate process. For more information, go to the Beneficiary Travel office at the treating facility or see the Program Contact Information below.
Program Contact Information
If you have questions:
- Visit https://iris.custhelp.com/ to search Frequently Asked Questions or ask a question on-line
- Call 1-877-222-8387