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Travel Benefit Many Veterans May Be Missing

Travel Benefit Many Veterans May Be Missing
February 28, 2019

There are a few qualifying conditions to be met, but, once met, many veterans can easily qualify for this benefit.  For some reason unknown to many, veterans either don’t bother pursuing this benefit or just disregard it altogether. 

In order to qualify for Beneficiary Travel mileage reimbursement, one of the following conditions needs to be met:

  • You have a service-connected (SC) rating of 30% or more, or
  • You are traveling for treatment of a service-connected condition, or
  • You receive VA pension, or
  • Your income does not exceed the maximum annual VA pension rate
  • You are traveling for a scheduled compensation or pension examination, or
  • You may be eligible for special mode of transportation if:
  • Your medical condition requires an ambulance or a specially equipped van as determined by a VA clinician, and
  • You meet one of the eligibility criteria above, and

The travel is pre-authorized (authorization is not required for emergencies if a delay would be  hazardous to life or health).

The list above is not all-inclusive; you may qualify for mileage reimbursement under other special conditions.  See Travel Department at your local VA.

There is a deductible for mileage of $3.00 one-way ($6.00 round trip). This deductible is subject to a monthly cap of $18.00. When the monthly deductible has been achieved, any further reimbursable travel is paid at the full rate with no further deductible required.

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Dwight Rider, 2/28/19
I have traveled many many miles to doctor appointments and I have never got reimbursed for any of it. I applied at the small machines at my doctor's offices each time. Thank you.

MA Jameson, 2/28/19
The VA HAS all of this information (whether a vet qualifies, if it is an "official" visit, etc.) and should just generate the checks WITHOUT the vet having to fill out paperwork and submit for reimbursement. THAT is why most don't bother; it's a pain in the butt for minimal reward.