The federal VA and the DC Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs offers transportation benefits and adaptive programs to help with the unique needs and disabled veterans.
The Mayor’s Office on Veterans Affairs ("MOVA") is launching a pilot transportation program for District of Columbia (DC) veterans with the Department of For-Hire Vehicles. Program eligibility is restricted to veteran residents of Washington DC whos annual income is less than $30,000. More infomation and registration available at VetsRide.
This federal VA program provides eligible beneficiaries reimbursement for mileage and/or costs incurred while traveling to and from VA health care facilities, to include special modes of transportation, and in certain circumstances, common carrier transportation, such as bus, taxi, airline or train travel.
For more information: Federal VA: Transportation Program
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Transportation Network
In addition to federal VA-provided transportation services, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) operates a nationwide network of volunteer drivers to transport veterans to and from VA medical facilities for treatment. This network includes 189 Hospital Service Coordinators around the country to assist in coordinating transportation. Because the DAV Transportation Network is staffed by volunteers, service may not be available in your area.
For more information: DAV: Need a Ride?
DAV Transportation Volunteers Needed
Many DAV volunteers are former service members, making the Transportation Network a clear example of veterans helping veterans, and the organization is always looking for more volunteer drivers.
To volunteer: DAV: Drive a Van
Veterans Transportation Service (VTS)
The Veterans Healthcare Administration has a transportation program for non-ambulatory and remote VA patients. The Veterans Transportation Service (VTS) provides transport for veterans to VA Medical Centers (VAMCs). These services include vehicle routing and scheduling software for VA medical facilities.
While all veterans with federal VA-funded medical appointments are eligible to ride VTS, a first priority is given to wheelchair-bound patients who have no other transportation alternatives. VTS is establishing a network of community volunteer transportation service providers to improve access to VA health care.
For more information: Federal VA: Transportation Programs