The Department of Veterans affairs is working to improve accessibility to services by changing the way they determine distance between where the Veteran lives and the nearest VA Medical Center.
In the past, it was considered a hardship if the Veteran had to travel over 50 miles to get treatment, but mileage was measured by a straight line between home and VA Med Center. Now the VA is going to use driving distance rather than the straight-line measurement. That means almost twice as many Veterans will be able to go to their own physician in the community for treatment rather than driving to a VA Med Center.
In addition, the VA is also changing the way they calculate mileage so the Veteran may travel using the fastest route instead of the shortest.
If you are a Veteran and you have a Veterans Choice Card, these changes may affect you. For questions or to obtain a Veterans Choice Program Card, call (866) 606-8190. For more information about the program, go to: www.va.gov/opa/choiceact/factsheets_and_details.asp.