VFW Statement Regarding VA ‘Crow Flies’ Rule Change
Announcement was exactly what VFW wanted to hear
March 24, 2015
WASHINGTON — Today the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it will change the
calculation measurement from geodesic straight line to actual driving distances
to determine if veterans are eligible for non-VA care closer to where they
The announcement was exactly what the Veterans of
Foreign Wars of the United States
wanted to hear, especially since more than 2,500 member responses to an initial
report released in early March revealed that veterans strongly opposed the
use of “as the crow flies” distances to determine whether or not they were
eligible for the Veterans Choice Program.
a statement, the VFW national commander said VA now needs to take the next step.
VFW is glad the VA agreed to change the measurement to actual driving
distances, but the VA and Congress must now eliminate the 40-mile bubble they
placed around their medical facilities,” said VFW National Commander John W.
Stroud. “If a local VA cannot meet someone’s medical requirements, then it is
absurd to require any veteran to drive hundreds of miles to another VA that
can. The intent of the Veterans Choice Program is to better serve veterans,
the VA release here.
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