The Highly Rural Transportation Grant (HRTG) is a Federal Grant under the Federal VA which was awarded to the North Dakota Department of Veterans affairs in October of 2015. This grant appropriates funds to the NDDVA to provide transportation to medical appointments for Veterans of Highly Rural Counties. The NDDVA, in working with the North Dakota Department of Transportation, has contracted with existing ND Transit providers. These transit contractors will provide transportation for Veterans to VA authorized medical appointments at no charge to the Veteran (they will bill the NDDVA). The medical appointments can be at a VA health care facility or any non-VA health care facility.
The terms of the HRTG is that only Veterans in Highly Rural areas are eligible. In North Dakota 36 of it's 53 counties are eligible. They are:
Adams, Benson, Billings, Bottineau, Bowman, Burke, Cavalier, Dickey, Divide, Dunn, Eddy, Emmons, Foster, Golden Valley, Grant, Griggs, Hettinger, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, McHenry, McIntosh, McKenzie, McLean, Mountrail, Nelson, Oliver, Pierce, Renville, Sargent, Sheridan, Sioux, Slope, Standing Rock (Ft. Yates), Steele, Towner, and Wells. Find contact information for your county provider at NDDOT Transit Services or the VSO page.
The HRTG also allowed for NDDVA to provide transportation vans along with operational funding to Counties, Tribes, and Veteran Service Organizations to provide transportation for our Veterans. These vans can be used to provide transportation to medical appointments also.
The counties and tribes which have received vans are:
Bottineau, Cavalier, Dickey, Dunn, Golden Valley, McKenzie, Nelson, Sheridan and Steele. Tribes with these vans are: Standing Rock (Ft. Yates). Contact information for these van services can be found on their VSO page.
The VA would like to know how the HRTG transportation program is performing for you. Please call this toll free number, 1-855-488-8445, to share your opinion.
More information can be found at:
VA Vans are provided by a multi organizational effort. The vans are purchased by the ND Department of Veterans Affairs and funds from the Columbia Trust which is operated by the DAV. The vans are then donated to the VAHCS who provide funding for the van maintenance, fuel, license and insurance. The VAHCS then place the vans with County Veteran Service Offices in North Dakota who provide volunteer drivers and coordinate the van trips to the VAHCS in Fargo and Ft. Meade SD.
- The DAV/VA vans transport veterans to and from VA medical facilities
- The rides are free for Veterans
- Van routes are established and vans are not allowed to deviate from these routes
- Family is not allowed to ride with veteran exceptions for required "care-giver"
- Travel eligibility is not required to utilize the DAV/VA vans
- VA will not pay travel pay to veterans using the DAV/VA vans (using DAV/VA van and submitting travel voucher could be considered Fraud)
- DAV/VA vans do not have wheelchair accessibility
- Vans only make scheduled stops
Contact your local CVSO to check on van ride availability and schedule a ride
There are veterans in the state residing in rural areas that do not have the means or resources to travel to medical appointments at VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), VA Medical Centers, or VA Care in the Community based appointments. Many do not qualify for VA travel reimbursement or cannot afford to wait for reimbursement.
A grant was awarded to the NDDVA during a special legislative session in November 2021. Funds were made available December 1, 2021 and will be available through December 31, 2024 or until exhausted. This pilot program will start no later than February 1, 2021 with the hope the results will show a broader need than what is currently provided by USDVA programs.
Providers that provide transportation services within a 10-mile radius of the Fargo VA Medical Center or Bismarck, Dickinson, Devils Lake, Grafton, Grand Forks, Minot, or Williston CBOCs are encouraged to contact the NDDVA to establish a relationship and provide their services to our rural veterans.
Veterans residing outside a 10-mile radius of the Medical Center or CBOCs are eligible. Participating transportation providers submit a monthly invoice and other data to the NDDVA. NDDVA will then provide payment for services rendered to eligible veterans.