Below is the regulation that prohibits VA Manila Outpatient Clinic from paying beneficiary travel related to medical care and C&P examinations incurred outside the United States. 38 C.F.R. 70.1 (a) The current beneficiary travel regulations only provide authorization for beneficiary travel within the U.S. and certain U.S. territories: the Philippine Islands does not meet these criteria. With regard to travel pay being discontinued, this is a benefit that should have stopped being paid in 2008 when VA amended its Beneficiary Travel regulations 38 C.F.R. Part 70 that authorizes travel pay incurred within the United States. Despite this, VHA continued to make beneficiary travel payments for travel related to health care visits and compensation and pension examinations that occurred in the Philippines. The Foreign Medical Program was also paying beneficiary travel related to Compensation and Pension exams and certain emergency and special mode transportation that occurred in foreign countries other than the Philippines, as it had done prior to the 2008 regulation change. In January 2016, the Office of General Counsel issued a memorandum to VHA reiterating that VA’s beneficiary travel regulations limit VA’s authority to provide payments for travel expenses incurred outside the United States to include any travel expenses incurred overseas. FMP discontinued paying beneficiary travel in February 2016, however, VA Manila continued to pay in order to provide a transition period before travel benefits in the Philippines were discontinued. Because the VA regulation regarding the furnishing of beneficiary travel does not authorize payment for travel expenses incurred outside the U.S., the Veterans and other beneficiaries who received these benefits are liable for the cost of such benefits. Under 38 U.S.C. 503(b), if the Secretary determines that a Veteran or other person suffered loss as a consequence of reliance upon a VA determination of eligibility or entitlement to benefit’s, without knowledge that it was erroneously made, the Secretary may provide such relief on account of such error. VHA requested equitable relief on behalf of the Veterans and other individuals who received these benefits in error. The relief was granted so VHA will not seek to collect the costs of the erroneously paid travel claims during the periods from 2008 to Sept 30, 2017. VA announced that, effective October 1, 2017, it will discontinue providing any travel expenses in the Philippines, and it will not require Veterans to repay travel expenses that were coordinated by the Manila clinic from 2008-2017. FYI. Thank you. Respectfully yours, JAYSON R. BUENAVENTURA Medical Administrative Program Specialist I hope you VETs that are living from VA deposit to the next have your survival skills in hand. You will need them once we are all out on the streets. Hope my Arctic survival skills will work here in the PI. I will not have to worry about freezing on the streets here. O-well the screwing we are getting is for the screwing we got as kid soldiers.