VAHC travel and overnight assistance

Veterans making VA Health Care trips to Farmington and Albuquerque should check at the Travel Pay window or counter for travel reimbursement. Many veterans do not realize they may be eligible for travel pay from Farmington.

If you have been turned down for travel reimbursement recently you do not need to keep checking for this benefit. Just see this office for travel reimbursement assistance.

Remember, you need to provide a “Proof of Appointment” letter or document for cash reimbursement from this office. I do not need your fuel receipts.

A reminder: You need to fill out an accommodation form request and mail or fax it to Albuquerque if an overnight stay is required in Albuquerque for your VAHC appointment. I have these forms at my office and will be happy to assist you with filling it out and I can fax it for you.

You may or may not receive a confirmation in the mail for your hotel request, but that does not mean you will not get a hotel room furnished by the VA. If you have not received a confirmation you should arrive slightly early for your appointment and check with Accommodation Office on the fourth floor of the Albuquerque VAMC to confirm where your stay is booked.

See this office if you are required to stay an extra night or for some reason are not provided a hotel room by the VA, and I will see that you are reimbursed for this expense. Be sure and keep your hotel receipt and proof of a VAHC appointment.

DAV vans

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization is running a VAHC Van from Durango on Tuesdays and Thursdays — call Mike Dunaway 247-2198 — and from the Farmington area on Mondays and Wednesdays — all Harriet Mulnix (505) 793-1782.

Durango VA Clinic

The Durango VA Outpatient Clinic is located at 400 South Camino Del Rio, Suite G, next to Big 5 Sports. Phone number is 247-2214.

Further information

For information on these and other veterans’ benefits, call or stop by the Archuleta County Veterans Service Office located at the Senior Center in the Pagosa Springs Community Center on Hot Springs Boulevard. The office number is 731-3837, the fax number is 264-4014, cell number is 946-6648, and e-mail is afautheree@archuletacounty.org. The office is open from 8 to 4, Monday through Friday. Bring your DD Form 214 (Discharge) for applicatiofor VA programs, and for filing in the VSO office.