A transportation van for veterans is not in use during the pandemic

The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 41 have a van to take veterans to their medical appointments

Veteran van not in use during pandemic

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Thousands of veterans benefited from the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 41 transportation van.

“This past year being very unique. We’re under this pandemic situation. And my van, our van. the veterans’ van, the DAV van has not operated in 11 and a half months,” said Joel Jimenez, commander of the DAV Chapter 41.

The last time one veteran, Robert Lee Blue, used the van was last March and it means a lot to him.

“I couldn’t make it for my appointments without the DAV van. I’ve got family but they’ve got their own lives,” said Blue, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969.

Many appointments are at the Oklahoma VA Medical Center, so other transportation programs in Wichita County are helping out.

“Rolling Plains and SHARP lines have taken over some of the task in getting these veterans to their appointments,” said Jimenez.

The DAV chapter officials appreciate the help while they wait for approval from the national DAV to get their van back on the road.

“When that happens, we’ll be ready to roll out again to transport our veterans that need the help,” said Jimenez.

The DAV transportation program in Wichita Falls started in 2005.

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