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Travel pay: Do you qualify?

Travel pay, do you qualify and how to file

As a Veteran, you may be eligible for travel pay when you visit a VA medical facility for treatment. Travel pay can help offset the cost of transportation to and from your medical appointments. Here is what you need to know about eligibility and filing for travel pay.


To be eligible for travel pay, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are a Veteran enrolled in VA health care.
  • You have a VA service-connected disability rating of 30% or more, or you are traveling for treatment of a service-connected condition.
  • You are traveling for a scheduled VA appointment or for authorized non-VA care, such as a VA-authorized private health care provider, a VA-authorized community-based outpatient clinic, or a VA-authorized contract facility.
Filing for Travel Pay

To file for travel pay, you can use our online travel portal here or submit VA Form 10-354, Veteran/Beneficiary Claim for Reimbursement of Travel Expenses to our travel department.  Here are the steps to follow:

1. Before your appointment, check with your VA medical facility to ensure that you are eligible for travel pay and to find out what documentation you need to provide.

2. Keep all receipts and documents related to your travel, such as parking and toll receipts.

3. After your appointment, use the online portal or complete VA Form 10-3542 and attach all necessary receipts if you have them.

4. Submit your claim to your VA medical facility within 30 days of your appointment.

5. Your travel pay will be processed and paid to you within a few weeks.

Additional information: 
  • For instructions on filing your travel claims online click here.
  • If you have questions or need assistance with filing for travel pay, contact our travel department at 906-774-3300 X32811.
  • For appointments approved in the community you will need documentation from your provider to prove you attended the appointment.

Travel pay can help offset the cost of transportation to and from your medical appointments.  Make sure you meet the eligibility criteria and file your claim in a timely manner to receive your reimbursement.

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