Lack of volunteer drivers to support veterans causes concerns

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With the Greatest Generation of World War II-era veterans fading into history and baby boomers working longer into their retirement years, the local DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Transportation Network is having a difficult time recruiting volunteers to help disabled veterans access the health care they have earned.

The DAV Transportation Network provides services in Las Vegas, Henderson, Laughlin, Mesquite and Pahrump by DAV volunteer drivers who were responsible for transporting 4762 veterans, providing 21648 volunteer hours and logging approximately 199711 miles to and from the Veterans Administration Southern Nevada Healthcare System in the year 2017. And while the demand for transportation has grown, especially among aging veterans, DAV officials are concerned local veterans could go without needed care because of a lack of volunteers.

We need people who recognize the service and sacrifices of our heroes and are willing to make a commitment to ensure the promises our country made to veterans are kept. Our program provides a very important service to veterans at no cost to them, but we can’t keep up with the demand if we don’t have people who are willing and able to support it.

To become a DAV Transportation Network volunteer, drivers must have a valid, state-issued license and able to pass a physical through the VA.

DAV, a national charity, launched the nationwide Transportation Network in 1987, after the federal government terminated its program to subsidize transportation for medical appointments. Since then, DAV and longtime partner Ford Motor Co. have donated 3,286 vehicles worth more than $73 million to VA health care centers across the country to assist veterans with transportation needs. The service is provided at no cost to veterans receiving care through the VA.

About DAV:
DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. DAV does this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; providing employment resources to veterans and their families and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a nonprofit organization with 1.3 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. Learn more at
www.dav.org.