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Veterans Transportation. How it works and how you can help. The Issue. The growing need — more than just veterans • Why is this a growing issue? Who does it now? Why transit has a role Why families are important. The Facts.

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veterans transportation

Veterans Transportation

How it works and how you can help

the issue
The Issue
  • The growing need — more than just veterans

• Why is this a growing issue?

  • Who does it now?
  • Why transit has a role
  • Why families are important
the facts
The Facts
  • Rural communities are home to a disproportionate share of wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans – 2006 Study by the Casey Foundation
  • For every fatality in Iraq, there are 16 wounded or injured soldiers; in Vietnam the ratio was 2.6 injuries for every fatality – 2008 VA Statistics
  • Nearly 2,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have returned with Traumatic Brain Injuries – 2008 VA Statistics
the facts1
The Facts
  • 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from PTSD – 2008 Rand Corp. study
  • The suicide rate among veterans is the highest since the Army began keeping records in 1980. Records indicate more than 1,000 veterans attempt suicide every month – 2008 VA Statistics
the va and veterans services
The VA and Veterans Services
  • Working with the VA
  • Veterans Service Organizations

  • VISNs
  • CBOCs
  • DAV
va and transportation
VA and Transportation

Question: Does the VA offer compensation for travel expenses to and from a VA facility?

Answer: If you meet specific criteria you are eligible for travel benefits. In most cases, travel benefits are subject to a deductible. Exceptions to the deductible requirement are: 1) travel for a compensation and pension examination; and 2) travel by an ambulance or a specially equipped van. Because travel benefits are subject to annual mileage rate and deductible changes, we publish a separate document detailing these amounts each year. You can obtain a copy at any VA health care facility.

va and transportation part ii
VA and Transportation – Part II

Question: Do I qualify for travel benefits?

Answer: You may qualify for beneficiary travel payments if:

• You have a service-connected rating of 30 percent or more

• You are traveling for treatment of a service-connected condition

• You receive a VA pension

• You are traveling for a scheduled compensation or pension examination

• Your income does not exceed the maximum annual VA pension rate

• You are in an authorized Vocational Rehabilitation Program

• Your medical condition requires an ambulance or a specially equipped van, you are unable to defray the cost, and the travel is pre-authorized (authorization is not required for emergencies if a delay would endanger your life or health)

visn listings
VISN Listings
  • For a complete list of the VISN Network, please go to

community based outpatient clinics cbocs
Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCS)
  • For a local directory, go here:

efforts to date
Efforts to Date
  • Congressional action

S. 1146

  • Building Partnerships
  • VetLinks
your stories
Your Stories
  • How are you working with Veterans and military bases?
  • How would you like to be working with Veterans and their families?
  • What is getting in the way?
  • What about coordination?