Certain Veterans may be provided special mode travel (e.g. wheelchair van, ambulance) or reimbursed for travel costs when traveling for approved VA medical care. Reimbursement is paid at 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. Two exceptions to the deductible are travel in relation to a VA compensation or pension examination and travel requiring a special mode of transportation. The deductible may be waived when their imposition would cause a severe financial hardship.
The following are eligible for VA travel:
- 1. Veterans whose service-connected disabilities are rated 30 percent or more.
- 2. Veterans traveling for treatment of service-connected conditions.
- 3. Veterans who receive a VA pension.
- 4. Veterans traveling for scheduled compensation or pension examinations.
- 5. Veterans whose gross household income does not exceed the maximum annual VA pension rate.
- 6. Veterans in certain emergency situations.
- 7. Veterans whose medical condition requires a special mode of transportation, if they are unable to defray the costs and travel is pre-authorized. Advance authorization is not required in an emergency if a delay would be hazardous to life or health.
- 8. Certain non-Veterans when related to care of a Veteran (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 increase 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.