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June 2, 2017
In order to qualify for Beneficiary Travel mileage reimbursement, one of the following conditions needs to be met:
- You have a service-connected (SC) rating of 30% or more, or
- You are traveling for treatment of a service-connectd condition, or
- You receive VA pension, or
- Your income does not exceed the maximum annual VA pension rate (currently $12,907, for a single veteran), or
- You are traveling for a scheduled compensation or pension examination, or
- You may be eligible for special mode of transportation if:
- Your medical condition requires an ambulance or a specially equipped van as determined by a VA clinician, and
- You meet one of the eligibility criteria above, and
- The travel is pre-authorized (authorization is not required for emergencies if a delay would be hazardous to life or health).
The list above is not all-inclusive; you may qualify for mileage reimbursement under other special conditions.
The current mileage rate for general travel is 41.5 cents per mile. Scheduled appointments will qualify for round-trip mileage; unscheduled visits may be limited to return mileage only.
There is a deductible for mileage of $3.00 one-way ($6.00 round trip). This deductible is subject to a monthly cap of $18.00. When the monthly deductible has been achieved, any further reimbursable travel is paid at the full rate with no further deductible required.
Veterans Will Be Reconsidered for Previously Denied Claims
August 4, 2017
All veterans who were exposed to mustard gas and lewisite experimentations during World War II may finally be able to claim Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and compensation for injuries or disabilities caused by exposure.
A provision in the GI Bill expansion that recently passed through Congress would revamp VA policy regarding benefits awarded for mustard gas exposure.
Mustard gas experiments were conducted on U.S. servicemen and remained classified until 1975. The military lifted an oath of secrecy for servicemen in the 1990s.
The new policy would require the VA to reconsider all denied claims for alleged full-body exposure to mustard gas and lewisite brought by World War II veterans who were stationed at 22 military locations. Under the new law, the burden of proof for those claims would fall on the VA, rather than veterans. The legislation also calls for reports on mustard gas testing and the VA response to testing to be issued by the secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs.
Additional LGBT Benefits
September 18, 2017
When it comes to discharged LGBT veterans they don’t have to worry about being denied benefits due to their sexual orientation.
Many county lawmakers passed a law that will ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender veterans who were discharged under the federal government's Don't Ask Don’t Tell policy started under President Bill Clinton to receive county-level veteran’s benefits.
These benefits include veteran property-tax exemptions, civil service points and the opportunity to participate in the Return the Favor Program. The law also outlines a process for individuals to get their discharge paperwork corrected at the federal level.