Veteran Medical Transportation
Get a ride to your medical appointment
If you are a Veteran and need a ride to a VA-approved medical appointment, COVO partners with the DAV (Disabled American Vets) program to get Veterans to their appointment within the Central Oregon area. This includes Bend, Redmond, LaPine, Sisters, Culver, Madras and Gilchrist areas. Rides are on a space available basis.
Prineville DAV Van transport is through the Prineville Band Of Brothers, at 541-416-0602. If they cannot provide transport, they will refer you back to COVO’s schedulers.
Please note: Because of the computer system used by the DAV, all rides must be scheduled 7 days in advance. If you are a Veteran and need a ride to a medical appointment with less than 7 days notice, COVO will generally refer you to Dial-A-Ride or the appropriate chapter of Band of Brothers.
Portland VA Center
If you are a Veteran needing a ride to the Portland VA for medical care, you need to schedule directly with them at 503-721-7804. The Portland VA medical transport van has a regular route, with more information available at the number listed above.
If you live in the some of the far flung counties in Oregon, getting to and from VA approved medical appointments can not only be difficult, but cost prohibitive. Several counties provide programs under the VA’s Highly Rural Transportation Grant, or other local grants, to get Veterans to their local or VA Medical Center, primarily Portland, WallaWalla, Roseburg or Boise.
Eligible Counties & the number to call for Transportation Services:
Get reimbursed for transportation to medical appointments
The VA also offers a the Beneficiary Travel program that provides reimbursement for travel to and from medical appointments. COVO suggests that all Veterans interested in the program visit the Beneficiary Travel page on the VA website for further information.
If you qualify, you can request reimbursement with the VETERAN/BENEFICIARY CLAIM FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF TRAVEL EXPENSES to request reimbursement.