Local Veterans in Need of Volunteer Drivers

By WBNG News

Local Veterans in Need of Volunteer Drivers

August 28, 2012 Updated Aug 28, 2012 at 3:38 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Disabled American Veterans are looking for volunteer drivers to take veterans to clinic appointments and to the Syracuse VA Medical Center.

According to a news release issued Tuesday:

Veterans who use this service are often too ill to drive themselves, do not have family members who can take them, or lack other means of transportation.

“Our veterans courageously fought for our freedom and safety, now it’s time for us to help them in their time of need,” said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. “Many members of my family are veterans, I truly appreciate all they have done for our Country, and recognize the strong need to help them with transportation, as they receive important medical care.”

The need will soon grow as the group has 13 new vans on order, which will replace some aging vehicles and add to existing service.

“We’re looking for as many drivers as possible,” said DAV Transportation Coordinator Steve Flint. “We are always in need of drivers and donations as we extend the best possible service to those who put Country first.”

There is no requirement on how much time a volunteer must drive, and they do not have to be veterans. Volunteers must pass a physical and undergo a background check. They must have a valid driver’s license, safe driving record and have automobile insurance.

DAV is a non-profit charity dedicated to building better lives for America’s disabled veterans and their families. It was founded in 1920 by disabled veterans returning from World War I to represent their unique interests. In 1932, the DAV was congressionally chartered as the official voice of the nation’s wartime disabled veterans.

For more information or to volunteer, call Steve Flint at (607) 778-3037.