Program Description

The Veterans Transportation Program oversees three distinct, yet inter-related business lines: Beneficiary Travel, Veterans Transportation Service and the Highly Rural Transportation Grant Program. The Beneficiary Travel Program reimburses eligible Veterans for mileage drive to VA appointments and pays for contracted Special Mode Transports for eligible Veterans. The VTS Program provides transportation to any Veteran to and from VA and authorized non-VA appointments. The Highly Rural Transportation Grant Program provides grants to Veteran Service Organizations and State Veteran Service Agencies to implement innovative ways to transport Veterans living in Highly Rural counties to their VA and non-VA authorized appointments.

General Program Requirements

Beneficiary Travel: there are different criteria for some unique circumstances, however, the basic criteria is that eligible Veterans must have a disability rating from the Veterans Benefit Administration of at least 30% and must also not be over the income threshold. VTS and HRTG do not have eligibility criteria specific for/to Veterans. Where these programs operate, all Veterans are eligible.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Application for Beneficiary Travel is made by completion of a single form by Veterans at their VA Medical Center. VTS and HRTG do not have eligibility or application processes for Veterans.

Program Contact Information

David Riley
Director, Veterans Transportation Program
David.Riley3@va.gov
404-828-5601

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number64.035
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Can the funding from the program be renewedYes
Funding TypeFunding for all three VTP programs is discretionary
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceNon-Tribal Entities
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)All VTP Programs combined serve in excess of 100 million Veterans. The HRTG program serves about 26,000 Veterans.
Length of ProgramBeneficiary Travel is a legacy program and has no term limits. VTS is authorized year to year, however, it is anticipated that in 2017 it will receive permanent authority to continue operations. HRTG had a five year term of funding. The HRTG program is authorized under Pub. L. 111-163 and is currently operating from year to year. It is anticipated that the HRTG program will be made permanent in 2017.
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes. Tribes compete with other Veteran Service Organizations and State Veteran Service Agencies that are recognized by the Secretary for Veterans Affairs.
Tribes Funded by this ProgramThe HRTG program has one organization that is receiving funding. American Legion Rocky Boy Post 67, Box Elder Montana.

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