Disabled vets get a ride from Broome County

By Matt Porter

August 8, 2013 Updated Aug 8, 2013 at 6:19 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Disabled veterans are getting a lift with a new van bought by Broome County to take them to doctor and hospital visits.

Broome County Executive Debbie Preston (R) announced the purchase of a $22,000 van to be used by the Disabled American Veterans transport program in the Southern Tier.

The van will be used to bring disabled veterans to their doctor's appointments at local hospitals or even to the Veterans Administration Center in Syracuse.

"There comes a time when even our strongest and our bravest need our help," Preston said. "And when that time comes, we must stand up and we must fight for them just as they fought for us."

The money comes out of a state tax on mortgages.

The tax supports a fund that can be withdrawn when approved veteran support groups need assistance.

Commander Jeff Marshall of the Broome County Disabled American Veterans said the service is vital for servicemen too sick or without help.

"Some of these people can't drive, they have no other means of transportation," Marshall said. "It's very important to some veterans and they're very much appreciated."

The vans are used five days a week with volunteer drivers.

The Broome County DAV is always looking for help, if you are interested in volunteering you can contact Steve Flint at (607) 778-3037.

Drivers are expected to take at least two to three shifts each month.