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) Chapter 87 Dothan Transportation Network is having a difficult time recruiting volunteers to help disabled veterans gain access the health care they have earned.
DAV Chapter 87 Dothan volunteer drivers are responsible for driving more than 23,171 miles, 1,247 hours, transporting more than 207 veterans to and from the Montgomery VA Medical facility in the past 12 months. 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 volunteer drivers.
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 Chapter DAV Transportation Network volunteer, drivers do not have to be prior military, must have a valid license and be able to pass a basic physical through the VA.
Those interested in supporting DAV Chapter 87 volunteer driver program, please call our office leave your name and phone number and I will contact you shortly.
Daniel Blackman, commander
DAV Chapter 87