Travel Pay

​Question:
Since the VA adopted the new mileage application via the internet, I haven't received any travel money. I checked with my travel clerk and he told me that there is a big back log here in Florida. Have others experienced this problem? Thank you Jim.

Jim's Reply:
I'm in Florida so I feel your pain.
We're supposed to be reimbursed a per mile amount for certain travel to and from medical care. In my time with VHA I've seen long lines and over an hour wait to receive a few dollars gas money. Then we went to a fill-out-the-form system. The check-in kiosks were introduced a few years back and those worked well other than you had to remember to sign out and sign in again to submit the travel voucher.
Not all that long ago I checked in to my small clinic and the kiosks were unplugged and parked in a corner. I was told to check in the old school way and only when I asked, I was given an old form to complete for travel pay. I was told the kiosks were gone forever.
I returned to that clinic 2 weeks later and the check in kiosks were back, plugged in and ready to go. There was no option for travel reimbursement, I was told to go to the Internet and figure it out. I haven't seen any deposits either.
I don't have any answer for you other than...welcome to your VA. They care!
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Jim writes extensively about VA and Social Security disability benefits. 
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38 CFR Book C Schedule for

Rating Disabilities 

This collection tells you thestandards you must meet to be awarded a % rating for a given condition. Below we've selected a few of the most frequently needed sections of 

 The Schedule

Impairment of Auditory Acuity

​Hearing Loss & Tinnitus

Federal Tort and

Section 1151 Claims
When something goes wrong and

the veteran suffers an injury or

death due to the negligence of

a federal employee, the veteran

or his/her spouse may pursue

claims under the

Federal Tort Claims Act

The Musculoskeletal System

​​​Bones, Joints, Muscle Injuries

Veterans Benefits

Administration Reports

​Detailed Claims Data    Status Reports
Reports contain data covering claims inventory,

claims backlog, claims accuracy, and

Fully Developed Claims. 

​Ratings, Rules, Regulations

Below you'll find much of the law, the regulations and the rules that govern our benefits.

Doing your own research and understanding what effect all this has on you can be an onerous task but these are

some of the things you need to understand. Taking the time to learn this stuff will bring you a lifetime of benefits...

Go For It!

U.S. Code​ ​Title 38

​PART I—GENERAL PROVISIONS
PART II—GENERAL BENEFITS
PART III—READJUSTMENT AND

RELATED BENEFITS

VA Military Health History

Pocket Card

Did you see combat, enemy fire,

or casualties?  Were you or a buddy wounded, injured or hospitalized?​ 

​Do you have a claim pending for illness or injury related to your military service?

​Do you have a service-connected condition?

The VAWatchdog Dot Org

Welcome Home

The Department of Veterans Affairs Ratings Rules Regulations

VA DISABILITY COMPENSATION
A veteran is entitled to disability compensation

if he or she were

(1) discharged or released from the military under conditions other than dishonorable,

(2) their disease or injury was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, and

(3) the disease or injury was not the

result of the their own willful

misconduct or abuse of drugs.

Combined Ratings Table

"VA Math"

Where 60% + 40% = 70%

C & P Exams TDIU Benefit

I forgot to tell the examiner some things, 

now what should I do?

​​​​​​VA Medical Records Online

The Genitourinary System

Kidney Disease, Prostate Cancer