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Veterans to Receive Increase for Travel Reimbursements from VA

Veterans wounded or disabled in service to their country are able to claim this benefit when traveling in relation to a Compensation and Pension (C&P) Examination.

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(SALEM, Ore.) - An increase in travel mileage reimbursement went into effect February 1st 2008 for certain veterans that travel to VA medical facilities. The reimbursement rate is the first increase in 30 years. New rates are now set at 28.5 cents per mile, up from 11 cents per mile. A maximum deductible is set at $46.62, $15.54 for round trip, and $7.77 for one-way visits. Deductible amounts can be waived upon approval of financial hardship to the veteran. Deductible increases were packaged as part of the 2008 appropriations act. Director Jim Willis of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs understands the impact this benefit increase will have on the veteran population of Oregon.

"The earned benefit will make an immediate difference in the lives of many Oregon veterans. Veterans who travel many miles to a VA medical facilities will have more money in their pocket at the end of the day." Willis said while describing the livelihood of Oregon veterans.

VA Secretary Dr. James B. Peake was able to authorize this increase within the first 30 days of taking command of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

When announcing the increase Peake said, "This increase helps veterans -- especially those living in rural areas -- offset some of the gasoline costs as they travel to VA's world-class health care."

Veterans wounded or disabled in service to their country are able to claim this benefit when traveling in relation to a Compensation and Pension (C&P) Examination. Free VA Health Care is available to returning combat veterans.

For assistance for all VA Benefits, veterans, survivors, and dependents should contact their local County Veterans Service Officer or the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs.

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Gulf War Veteran February 3, 2008 10:19 am (Pacific time)

The VA employs some wonderful doctors and medical professionals. It has become clear that OHSU is a key partner, especially with the Sky Tram. Disabled Veterans just show their VA ID Card to ride the Sky Tram round-trip. This helps the parking problems at the Portland VA Medical Facilities. Now if OHSU gets serious about the mysterious medical issues of war veterans, there may be a miracle in the making.

jac February 3, 2008 7:18 am (Pacific time)


Mike Wise February 2, 2008 10:55 am (Pacific time)

Where did Peake get his information? World Class Health Care my #$$. Everybody needs to read Title 38 U.S. Code. The VA is taking the deductiable illegily.

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