January 21, 2012

Non-Profit Spotlight: Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Transportation Network

DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS - Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a national non-profit organization that has been working to improve the lives of disabled veterans and their families since 1920. The DAV provides many opportunities for volunteers to participate in this work. As part of this, the volunteer drivers of the DAV Transportation Network play a key role in helping veterans access Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs and services available to them. An example of one such local program is shown in Video #2. The Nov. 4, 2011 NCC News Online news video describes how the Syracuse Veteran's Hospital's volunteer driver program is working to help veterans get to necessary medical appointments in Syracuse, New York. Since 1987, the VA has partnered with the Disabled American Veterans to provide this service. In Video #3, KXLY TV of Spokane Washington shows how the program works in support of the Spokane VA Medical Center, where they are experiencing a shortage of volunteer drivers. As KOB-News in Albuquerque reports in Video #4, it is much the same story with the New Mexico VA Health Care System. That news story shows volunteers operating a wheelchair accessible van. You can contact the DAV or local VA office to find out what is available in your area.

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