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VA recruits volunteer drivers to take vets to clinics

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Veterans Administration officials say too many south Georgia vets are missing appointments at the new Albany VA clinic because they don't have a way to get to the Marine Corps Logistics Base.

The VA is recruiting volunteer drivers to take veterans to the clinic from a pickup point downtown.

Officials say patients missed more than 40 appointments in the clinic's first month at the base.

"We want to try to get ahead of that to show we don't have an increase in that number," said Dean Swan with Veterans Affairs. "We have got several calls of veterans having issues getting out here."

To become a volunteer driver you must fill out an application and pass a background check and medical exam.

There is no regular public transportation to the Marine Base VA Clinic, but Albany Transit says they will provide transportation for any veteran who signs up with them.

Transit officials say veterans can register at their office to be picked up through the para-transit program.

"Take an ID. Get an application. It's a two part application. First part has to be filled out by the individual, and the second part needs to be filled out by a Doctor. Then they will be able to ride para transit service for $2.50 one way," explained Transit System Director David Hamilton.

Veterans can sign up at 712 West Flint Avenue in Albany.

Transit officials are working with the V.A. to solve transportation issues, so veterans can get the medical care they have earned.

Anyone interested in volunteering to drive for the DAV at the Albany clinic, please contact Chris Hunkel at 478-277-2775 for qualifications and an application. Volunteers can also contact Dean Swan at 478-277-2729, ext. 2439 or Aldean.Swan@va.gov for more information.

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