Combat-Related Disability Travel Benefit
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What is the Combat-Related Disability Travel (CRDT) Benefit
The CRDT benefit reimburses reasonable travel expensesAmounts you pay when traveling to and from your appointment. This includes mileage, meals, tolls, parking, lodging, local transportation, and tickets for public transportation. for a qualified trip by a retired TRICARE For Life (TFL) or TRICARE Select enrollee with a verified combat-related disability or disabilities. The Combat-Related Special Compensation Letter will list your combat-related disability or illness. Your branch of service verifies your combat-related disability.
Does Your Trip Qualify for the CRDT Benefit?
Your trip may qualify for reimbursement if the following conditions are met.
|You As The Patient||
|Your Primary Care Provider||
|Location||There is no suitable specialty care provider within 100 miles (one-way) of your PCP’s office to provide the referred care. This includes military, network, or non- network TRICARE-authorized providers.|
Note: Are you enrolled in TRICARE Prime or the US Family Health Plan? You may qualify for the TRICARE Prime Travel Benefit. You won’t qualify for the CRDT benefit.
Does the CRDT Benefit Cover a Non-Medical Attendant (NMA)?
It depends. Travel for an approved NMA may qualify for the CRDT benefit.
- Your trip must qualify for the CRDT benefit as described above.
- The NMA must travel with you on that qualified trip.
- The NMA must be your parent, spouse, other adult family member (age 21 years or older), or legal guardian.
- The referring or treating provider must verify in writing that the NMA is medically necessary for your trip.
- You must submit all of your itemized travel receipts. This includes expenses less than $75.00.
- TRICARE won’t reimburse two different travelers for the same expense. This includes shared expenses like lodging or car rental.
How Does the Combat-Related Disability Travel Benefit Work?
Once you have a referral for specialty care that qualifies for the CRDT Benefit, follow the steps below.
Step 1: Contact Your Combat-Related Disability Travel Office
|You can contact the CRDT program representative.||Toll-free: (844) 204-9351, Option 3|
Step 2: Make Your Travel Arrangements and Go to Your Appointment
Book the least expensive travel possible. You can choose any reasonable mode of transportation you desire. However, your reimbursement won’t exceed the most cost-effective amount as determined by the government.
|Car Rental||You must use compact class, unless approved before travel.|
|Air or Train Travel||
|Driving Your Own Vehicle||
|Lodging and Meals||Limited to the actual costs. This is not to exceed the government per diem rate for the ZIP
code of your specialty care provider’s office.
Step 3: Submit Your Travel Documents
|Instructions for your completed package|
|Get the required travel forms.||Visit Combat-Related Disability Travel Reimbursement Instructions page.|
|Follow all instructions.||Fill out each required form completely and sign as required.|
|Enclose all itemized receipts.||You may tape them with clear tape on plain paper, 8½ by 11 inches.|
|Follow instructions on submitting your completed package.|
Last Updated 2/3/2023