Monday, September 10, 2012

#Volunteers Needed: No #Vets Left Behind

 Volunteer drivers needed to transport local veterans to medical appointments. 

“We have an urgent need for drivers … I can’t emphasize that enough,” Flynn said. “Unfortunately, some veterans go without medical care because we simply don’t have the drivers to meet the demand,” Flynn said. “Our goal is to make sure no veteran is left behind.”

Flynn said the VTS program is flexible, but volunteers must commit to one day each week, have a clean driving record and go through a simple training program. “If someone would like to volunteer, I can promise I will schedule them for an interview within the next week,” Flynn said.

Flynn said the program is a great example of “veterans helping veterans.” 

“Our drivers are often the first person veterans see in the morning for a long day of medical appointments. We want all our drivers to be safe and compassionate, like Dick Stohr,” Flynn said.

According to Ron Minter, the national director of voluntary services, the Disabled Americans Veterans started the program 25 years ago to meet a substantial community need when the federal government cut travel benefits for vets.

 For more information, call the Veterans Transportation Service Volunteer Office at 202-745-8320 or go the DC VA Medical Center website at www.washingtondc.... and click on “services.”

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