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Can I Get Travel Costs for VA Health Care?

Many Veterans can be reimbursed for travel costs related to VA health care services.

The Beneficiary Travel program helps eligible Veterans receive mileage reimbursement. In some cases, it can pay for the costs of an ambulance or a wheel chair van. When a privately-owned vehicle is not reasonably accessible or travel by a common carrier such as a plane, train, bus, taxi, or light rail is medically necessary, Veterans may be reimbursed. The transportation is to help Veterans get to and from their VA health care facility, or to VA-authorized non-VA health care for which the Veteran is eligible. Veterans may apply for travel reimbursement by completing VA Form 10-3542 (Veteran/Beneficiary Claim for Reimbursement of Travel Expenses). Veterans usually receive payments from electronic fund transfers to a bank account or a debit card.