Announcements

Disabled Veterans Mass Transportation Benefit Program (MTBP) Participants

WHAT?
WMATA is offering Reduced Fare SmarTrip ID cards to Veterans with a VA disability rating of 60% or greater. Obtaining a Reduced Fare SmarTrip ID can reduce costs by as much as 50% on Metrorail, Metrobus, MARC, MTA, and other participating providers. Rather than requiring a trip to Metro HQ, WMATA is offering additional opportunities to apply for their Disability Reduced Fare Program at the Pentagon Metro Station on the dates listed below.

WHO?
Anyone qualified for a Reduced Fare SmarTrip ID card including, but not limited to, Veterans with a 60% disability rating or greater. You do not need to be a federal employee to qualify, so please share with friends, contractors, and others who may be eligible for this discount. Reduced fares will be applied to all trips, even those outside of your commute to/from work, when using a Reduced Fare SmarTrip ID card.

WHERE & WHEN?
Starting February 6, 2019, a WMATA representative will be available to process Reduced Fare SmarTrip ID card applications at a table within the Pentagon Metro Station (underground) on Wednesdays.

Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION:
Veterans with a 60% or greater disability rating by the Department of Veterans Affairs qualify for the Reduced Fare SmarTrip ID cards. Qualifying Veterans must complete Part A of the application, but do NOT need to have their healthcare provider complete Part B or C. Additionally, they must appear in person with both:
.       A valid photo ID
.       The original letter of disability notification issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs, a downloaded letter from the DVA website, or their Uniformed Services ID Card for 100% disabled Veterans (DD Form 2765).

*Please note that Reduced Fare SmarTrip ID cards will be mailed to the address listed on the application.

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?
PHONE:
202-962-2700 (Option 1) or TTY 202-962-2033
EMAIL: eligibility@wmata.com
WEBSITE: https://www.wmata.com/service/accessibility/reduced-fare.cfm

FOLLOW-UP FOR MTBP PARTICIPANTS
Once you receive a Reduced Fare SmarTrip ID card, please submit a CHANGE application reflecting your eligibility for a reduced fare program, reduced fares within the expense worksheet, and the new card serial number via the following website: https://mtbp.whs.mil/application

DoD Mass Transportation Benefit Program (MTBP)
National Capital Region
http://www.whs.mil/MTBP/
(571) 256-0962
WHSNCRTransitBenefit@mail.mil

*** New Benefit for Disabled Veterans in the NDAA ***

I wanted to inform everyone of a new updated benefit in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act which allows veterans with a permanent and total service-connected Department of Veterans Affairs disability rating to travel space available on military aircraft.

Veterans will be assigned a travel priority of Category 6, the lowest priority available, along with retirees and their dependents.

Dependents of disabled veterans are not eligible for Space-A travel.

Authorized disabled veterans can travel in the continental United States (CONUS) or directly between CONUS and Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa.

Disabled veterans must have a DD Form 2765, Defense Department ID Card (Tan), in order to fly Space-A.

Disabled Veterans can now fly Space A


The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) remains vigilant to locate and identify over 1,625 American service members that are still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for missing Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or call 703-699-1420.