Reimbursement of Travel Costs for VA Medical Care

Eligible Veterans may be provided mileage reimbursement or, when medically indicated, special mode transport (e.g. wheelchair van, ambulance) when traveling for approved VA medical care.

Mileage reimbursement is 41.5 cents per mile and is subject to a deductible of $3 for each one-way trip and $6 for a round trip; with a maximum deductible of $18 or the amount after six one-way trips (whichever occurs first) per calendar month.

The deductible may be waived when travel is in relation to a VA compensation or pension examination; travel is by special mode; or when imposition would cause a severe financial hardship.

Eligibility: The following are eligible for VA travel reimbursement:

• Veterans rated 30 percent or more service-connected.

• Veterans traveling for treatment of service-connected conditions.

• Veterans who receive a VA pension.

• Veterans traveling for scheduled compensation or pension examinations.

• Veterans whose income does not exceed the maximum annual VA pension rate.

• Veterans in certain emergency situations.

• A veteran whose medical condition requires a special mode of transportation and travel is pre-authorized. (Advanced authorization is not required in an emergency and a delay would be hazardous to life or health).

• Certain non-Veterans when related to care of a Veteran (Caregivers, attendants & donors).

Beneficiary travel fraud can take money out of the pockets of deserving Veterans. Inappropriate uses of beneficiary travel benefits include: incorrect addresses provided resulting in increased mileage; driving/riding together and making separate claims; and taking no cost transportation, such as DAV, and making claims. Veterans making false statements for beneficiary travel reimbursement may be prosecuted under applicable laws.


  • What is the maximum annual penison rate?
    Posted September 25, 2014 9:25 am 0Likes

    What is the maximum annual VA pension rate that determines if I am eligible for travel pay for medical treatment?
    I was denied travel pay after seven trips from Columbus, OH to Dayton VA to have a surgical procedure that couldn’t be done in Columbus. The rude women in Dayton told me I made too much money with out an explanation. Any information will be helpful. I work for a living and barely could afford the gas to get there each trip.
    Gary K.

  • Olen Robert Femyer
    Posted October 3, 2014 4:26 am 0Likes

    Yea I have lots I want to say maybe this thought will cover most , we more likely don`t want to know the rest .
    Ever notice the phrase if qualified you may get this benefit ! Every time I see it makes me feel lower than bottom slice of bread on a jam sandwich ! After dealing with my governments bull when it comes to my benefits not theirs !!! for 40 years I`ve finally figured out the phrase means quite literally , may unless we find a way to —- you out of it !

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