DAV short on drivers to help vets

Published Nov 28, 2017 at 4:00pm

The Disabled American Veterans is facing a critical shortage of volunteer drivers to support its efforts in central New York’s I-90 Mohawk Valley corridor.

This may lead to several veterans not being able to get the medical care they need. With so many disabled veterans living on small fixed incomes, travel costs often give way to shelter and food. Health needs are sacrificed for everyday necessities. 

“These were and are our nation’s heroes,” said Joseph J. Schneider Sr., DAV Hospital Service coordinator. “They traveled the globe to protect our freedoms. Suddenly they may be hard pressed to travel the distance from their homes to VA medical centers. Those who gave so much for our country will be unable to get the medical treatment they so justly deserve.”

Schneider said DAV is in the process of establishing a substation in the Herkimer area to transport area veterans, and vans have been set aside for the effort.

“What we lack are volunteers to drive them,” he said. “If you live anywhere along the Mohawk Valley I-90 corridor and can spare a few days a month, we need your help. You can make all the difference in these veterans’ lives.”

For more information on how to volunteer, contact the regional DAV Driver Recruitment Office at 315-425-4343 or email joseph.schneider3@va.gov.