Area veterans need volunteer drivers

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Veterans in the Texarkana area are asking for your help. 

Area veterans organizations have joined together to help buy a van to transport vets to the V.A. Medical Center in Shreveport, but they need volunteers to drive the vehicle. 

For a lot of veterans with mobility issues, this van is their only way to get to their medical appointments. 

Right now, they only have one driver who makes the trip on Mondays. 

“These men and women gave it all to go out and fight for their county, and now that they have ailments that prevent them from going out on the interstate to come to their appointments,” said Robert Hernandez, treasurer of the local Disabled American Veterans chapter. “We need our community to step up.”

Greg Beck, chair of the Texarkana Area Veterans Council, said there’s a great need for this service. 

“We’ve had a full house,” Beck said. “We’ve had to turn them down before because there’s just not room in that van.”

Their goal is to have 20 drivers. To sign up you must have a driver’s license, insurance and pass a physical provided by the V.A. 

Beck said the drivers won’t get paid, but are provided a free breakfast and lunch for their services. 

If you’d like to help, contact the Texarkana Veteran Affairs Clinic at (870) 216-2508.

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