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VA Volunteer Transportation Network seeks drivers to support veterans

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Thursday, May 16, 2024   

Veterans in North Carolina are in desperate need of reliable transportation and the Veterans Affairs Volunteer Transportation Network is reaching out to residents for assistance.

Lack of reliable transportation is one of the most common obstacles preventing veterans from accessing essential medical care and treatment.

Sabrina Clark, director of the Virginia Center for Development and Civic Engagement, said with more than 750,000 veterans residing in the state, filling transportation gaps is crucial.

"This transportation network provides transport to many veterans who otherwise would have no access to their care at VA facilities," Clark pointed out. "It allows them to get the health care that they have earned and deserve."

Accessing health care can be even more challenging for veterans in rural areas. A 2017 study found rural veterans on average have to travel more than 30 minutes for primary care and 90 minutes for specialized care. North Carolina has the country's 5th highest veteran population.

Clark emphasized the need for volunteer drivers who meet specific requirements such as a valid driver's license, insurance, passing a physical and completing additional training. She also highlighted the importance of addressing diverse needs among veterans in various communities and added there are more ways to contribute beyond providing transportation.

"This is not a one-size-fits-all proposition," Clark noted. "It's to come in and what's required for specific programs and it might be different. It might look different across different ways that individuals are serving."

Clark added there are a wide range of volunteer opportunities at Veterans Affairs and urged people to discover how they can serve veterans in their community. She encouraged anyone interested in volunteering to visit volunteer.va.gov.


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