July 21, 2013
VETERANS’ CORNER: VA seeks transportation service providers for vets
— By JIM VINES
This initiative for veterans that live in rural areas will provide the much needed transportation that these veterans desperately need, making health care facilities located in metropolitan areas more accessible.
State agencies and veterans service organizations may apply for grants up to $50,000 to fund transportation of veterans to and from VA medical centers and other facilities that provide VA health care. If specified in the application, the services may be provided under agreements with contractors, such as bus or van companies. This program provides transportation to veterans at no cost.
A highly rural
area is defined as a county or counties with a population of fewer than
seven persons per square mile. Many highly rural areas are found in the
western and southwestern United States, but at least half of our states
have at least one highly rural area. Contact your state agency or
veterans service organization to find out if they are participating or
have applied for assistance in this program.