Rural Veterans Transportation Program
The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (NMDVS) has launched the Rural Veterans Transportation Program to service medical transportation needs for veterans in following counties: Cibola, Colfax, Guadalupe, Harding, Mora, Quay, San Miguel, and Socorro, and Union counties.
DVS has contracted with the Disabled American Veterans/Dept. of New Mexico (DAV), An Angel’s Touch, and Golden Spread Rural Frontier Express to provide transportation for veterans to the following VA facilities:
- Albuquerque Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center
- Amarillo (TX) Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center
- Raton Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC)
- Las Vegas (NM) CBOC
- Clovis CBOC
- Santa Fe Vet Center
- Albuquerque Vet Center
Round-trip rides will also be provided to veterans for any VA preauthorized appointments at non-VA health care facilities.
Veterans must make a reservation for these free round trip rides at least three days in advance of a medical appointment by calling the DAV at (505) 582-4544 Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm.
Upon pickup, veterans will be required to show proof of veteran status to the driver—who, per COVID-19 safety protocol, will be wearing a mask. Veterans will also be required to wear a face mask for the duration of the trip.
The program is made possible through a grant awarded to DVS by the U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs’ (VA) Highly Rural Transportation Grants Program. This grant is awarded to qualified organizations
that can demonstrate the need and ability to provide transportation for veterans in “highly rural areas”
who have trouble getting VA health care due to the lack of available transportation options.
VA defines a highly rural area as a county with less than seven people per square mile, and provided DVS
with a list of qualifying counties in New Mexico. DVS will re-apply for the VA annual grant to expand the
Rural Veterans Transportation Program beyond the current nine-county service area.