Disabled Veterans National Foundation Expresses Approval of New Department of Veterans' Affairs Initiative to Support Veterans in Rural Areas

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The Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) recently announced its Highly Rural Transportation Grants program to assist veterans with transportation to VA appointments.

Disabled Veterans National Foundation

Disabled Veterans National Foundation

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (http://www.dvnf.org), a nonprofit veterans service organization that provides critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom, is expressing its approval of the VA’s new Highly Rural Transportation Grants program.

This new initiative will allow veterans in remote areas to get free transportation to their VA medical appointments. Through 11 grants of up to $50,000 to various organizations to contract transportation services, thousands of veterans will benefit from rides to and from their appointments, despite their geographic location.

According to the VA’s release, 25 states contain counties in highly rural areas. Among these states include: Texas, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, Nevada, Maine, Idaho, and North Dakota.

“The VA offers many services that are valuable, but transportation to VA appointments is one area that many veterans grapple with frequently,” said DVNF’s CEO, Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.). “Veterans in remote areas are at an even greater disadvantage, which is why this program will be so important. Hopefully it will be expanded in the future."

This program gives State Veterans Service Agencies and other veteran service organizations the opportunity to offer this transportation through their own innovative means that will expand services to veterans. The VA offered six grants in August, and another five in September for this initiative.

About DVNF:

The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to provide critically needed support to disabled and at-risk veterans who leave the military wounded—physically or psychologically—after defending our safety and our freedom.

We achieve this mission by:

  •     Providing personalized counseling to assist veterans in navigating the complex process of seeking benefits that they are entitled to as a result of their military service.
  •     Offering direct financial support to veterans and other veteran organizations to address the issues that align with the DVNF mission.
  •     Providing supplemental assistance through the Health & Comfort program and Empowerment Webinars.
  •     Serving as a thought leader on critical policy issues within the veteran community.

For more, go to http://www.dvnf.org.

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