DAV Donates Ford Explorers to the VA Maryland Health Care System

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A drive-off ceremony: The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) of Maryland donated four new Ford Explorer Sport Utility Vehicles to the VA Maryland Health Care System to support the DAV Volunteer Transportation Program.

WHAT:    A drive-off ceremony: The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) of Maryland donated four new Ford Explorer Sport Utility Vehicles to the VA Maryland Health Care System to support the DAV Volunteer Transportation Program.

WHO:     Brian Hawkins, Associate Director of Finance, VA Maryland Health Care System
                 DAV Van drivers (all VA volunteers)
                 DAV representatives
                 Susan Kern, program manager, voluntary services VA Maryland Health Care System
     Margaret Hornberger, community resources, VA Maryland Health Care System
     David Edwards, chief, public and community relations, VA Maryland Health Care System

WHERE:     Building 82H, Room 137 and adjacent Parking Lot
     Perry Point VA Medical Center, Perry Point, Md.

WHEN:     September 16, 2009, at 10 a.m.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  •          The donation is worth more than $93,000, representing four of a total of 151 vehicles the organization is donating this year to VA Medical Centers across the nation.
  •     The DAV and Department of Veterans Affairs enjoy a unique partnership, aimed at providing veterans with limited transportation resources with free transportation to and from health care clinic appointments.
  •     To date, 60 DAV volunteers drive the 17-van fleet, transporting hundreds of veterans to various sites within the health care system on an as-needed basis.

The VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS) provides a broad spectrum of medical, surgical, rehabilitative, mental health and outpatient care to veterans at two medical centers, one rehabilitation & extended care center and five outpatient clinics located throughout the state. More than 52,000 veterans from various generations receive care from VAHMCS annually. Nationally recognized for its state-of-the-art technology and quality patient care, VAHMCS is proud of its reputation as a leader in veterans’ health care, research and education.

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