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VA Beneficiary Travel (Travel Pay)

Benefit Category: Federal

The Beneficiary Travel program provides eligible Veterans and other beneficiaries mileage reimbursement, common carrier (plane, train, bus, taxi, light rail etc.), or when medically indicated, "special mode" (ambulance, wheelchair van) transport for travel to and from VA health care, or VA authorized non-VA health care for which the Veteran is eligible.

Beneficiary Travel Benefits

A Veteran may be eligible for Beneficiary travel services if the following criteria are met:

You qualify if:

  • you have a service-connected (SC) rating of 30 percent or more, or
  • you are traveling for treatment of a SC condition, or
  • you receive a VA pension, or your income does not exceed the maximum annual VA pension rate, or
  • your income does not exceed the maximum annual VA pension rate, or
  • you are traveling for a scheduled compensation or pension

You qualify for special mode transportation (Ambulance, Wheelchair van etc.) If:

  • you meet one of the eligibility criteria in the above column, and
  • your medical condition requires an ambulance or a specially equipped van as determined by a VA clinician, and
  • the travel is pre-authorized (authorization is not required for emergencies if a delay would be hazardous to life or health)

How to Apply

Veterans may apply for travel reimbursement by completing VA Form 10-3542 (Veteran/Beneficiary Claim for Reimbursement of Travel Expenses).

The travel reimbursement form replaces older versions and local forms and improves the process for Veterans applying for mileage reimbursement at more than one VA facility.

Methods to request travel pay:

  • Visit the Beneficiary Travel Office after completing an appointment, or
  • Call the Beneficiary Travel Office (this method will require an added step to complete and sign the travel reimbursement form), or
  • Send the travel reimbursement form via either secure fax or mail to the local Beneficiary Travel Office.

Applications for payment must be submitted within 30 calendar days from the date the travel is completed or the date the applicant is notified he or she is eligible for travel payments if the request is based on a change in eligibility.

Submit completed VA Form 10-3542 "Beneficiary Travel Claim Form" by mail or fax:

Mail to:

Attn: Beneficiary Travel

Fargo VA HCS

2101 N. Elm Street

Fargo, ND 58102

Fax to:

701-239-3729

 

Questions call: 701-239-3700 Extension 3429

Learn more at https://www.va.gov/HEALTHBENEFITS/vtp/beneficiary_travel.asp

Frequently Asked Questions

Travel Claim Form: VA Form 10-3542 "Beneficiary Travel Claim Form"

Related Resource(s)

Discharge Requests

Most Veteran’s benefits require that applicants provide a copy of their Form DD 214 or discharge record, which is evidence of their veteran status. This is an important document and must be safeguarded. In the State of North Dakota separation documents are considered confidential and privileged NDCC 37-18-11 (13). National Guard members may receive a NGB22 and /or NGB23 upon obtaining 20 years of satisfactory service (20 year letter).