(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) today applauded the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) decision to increase gas mileage reimbursements for veterans who have to travel long distances for health care. The VA’s decision comes after Murray helped to pass a critical veterans spending bill that provides a $3 billion increase for veterans health care – legislation that makes today’s announcement possible. The funding will increase reimbursements from 28.5 cents to 41.5 cents per mile. The increase goes into effect on Monday, November 17th.
"For many veterans in Washington state seeing a doctor means long drives,” said Senator Murray. “And with fluctuating gas prices and an ailing economy, seeking even routine care really adds up. That’s why I’m so pleased that the VA has decided to use the resources we have given them to raise the mileage reimbursement for our veterans. No veteran should ever have to choose between filling up the tank and receiving the care they need. “
Senator Murray has consistently heard from veterans throughout Washington state about their struggles to afford trips to health clinics. In response, Murray has worked to help open several community VA clinics including facilities in Northwest Washington, Port Angeles, and Wenatchee.
Murray has also insisted upon a mileage reimbursement increase for those veterans who still have to travel many miles for care.
Veterans receiving VA pensions, veterans with low incomes, and some service connected veterans are eligible for mileage reimbursements. - More information on eligibility
The VA's decision to raise the reimbursement rate can be found in the Federal Register online.