Fourteen new vans have been donated by the state to the
Disabled American Veterans organization to help transport sick and disabled
veterans to medical facilities for treatment at the state’s eight VA
This year’s state budget
included $336,000 for the new vans.
vital program, more than 360 DAV
volunteer drivers transport sick and disabled veterans to the VA medical
facilities for treatment. Many of the
vets who use this program are seeking care for service-connected injuries and
disabilities. Nearly all others are
veterans in need and have no other healthcare resources.
Pennsylvania last year, DAV volunteer drivers logged more than 1.8 million miles, providing nearly 74,000 rides for
veterans so they could receive badly needed medical care.
The 14 new vans gives DAV a total of about
100 vans. There are approximately 1.2
million veterans living in Pennsylvania, more than 100,000 of them are disabled.
Senator Solobay, also participating in the ceremony were members of the state
Senate and House of Representatives, DAV Department Commander Sanuel Blow, Jr.,
and Major General Randall Marchi, Deputy Adjutant General, Pennsylvania Army