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VA Participation

In our community the local VA is sometimes able to provide bus tickets for our local transit system, but this service has been inconsistent. If the VA would provide monthly bus vouchers which could be distributed by the VA irtself or local homeless service providers, it would be a tremendous improvement to the current situation.

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ACCOMADATIONS

One can hardly convey the importance of monitoring the spirit of the "American With Disabilities Act"which one mistakingly concludes" is a given".Not true.One still has to be in the right place at the right time and stand up to be counted for "ideas"to be carried out and bare fruit.The A.D.A.offers that opportunity to civilians and veterans alike as long as one stays current with the ongoing development of the act.Know ...more »

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disscussion

Happy June 8th from Eugene, OR…! Good Morning everyone, I would like to introduce myself, I am Harold McCain Employment Specialist here at the Lindholm Prosperity Center located at 456 Hwy 99 N. Eugene, OR 97402. I am a disabled Veteran and I also work with the “Veterans In Progress” program which is funded by The Department of Labor grant. The transportation issues facing the homeless Veterans in our region here ...more »

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Wheelchair standards WC 19 - safe securement

The Veterans Administration should pay for and encourage “transit” wheelchairs that comply with ANSI/RESNA standard WC19. This is a voluntary standard that specifies design and performance requirements for wheelchairs that are suitable for use as a seat in motor vehicles. These mobility devices can be more easily secured on public transit vehicles and are safer in the (unlikely) event of a crash. New ADA regulations ...more »

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Underfunding VA especially at times of our wars

No Revenues = No Sacrifice = No Support = DeJa-Vu all over again!. Now a decade and counting, told to go shopping, added to the previous decades of under funding the VA, while the peoples reps Still try and lay blame on the Agency, after rubber stamping wars and costs of and those represented cheer on these wars! While the wealthy and other investors garner their booty, still, from both and many have the chutz·pa to ...more »

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Systems Change

The silo effect is entrenched in veterans' services and perpetuated by the "we take care of our own" paradigm. Other community silos believe the VA will step in and take care of the Vets that they see and can't/won't serve. Vets services are well insulated at the community level and as a result, there is little to no collaboration. Part of that problem is access to the person/department that can actually do something. ...more »

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Opportunities Platform To Veterans.

Returning veterans from war need best counsel from community colleges located in their county or nearer community colleges near their county. Government should appoint one supervisor counsel person for “Veterans Help desk” & that person make small student’s voluntary group in college to receiving helps in routine work. Combine all supervisors from all community college via e-mails & with unique website where they are ...more »

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Extreme climate, emergencies & disasters

What can we do to be assured that there are effective plans for evacuation transportation for veterans with disabilities, veterans without access to a car and their families during emergencies and disasters? Also, in many parts of the country extreme climate is becoming the norm. What precautions and special arrangements need to be made to ensure that veterans with disabilities, older veterans, and others who are vulnerable ...more »

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Amtrak

A number of commenters' have included the need to better use existing transportation systems and the ability to get information quickly through technology. Our existing network, which has over 500 stations across the U.S., has 220 stations located near VA facilities. We believe there are opportunities for veterans to use Amtrak’s system to travel to appointments at these VA facilities and get the best care possible. ...more »

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CO-CHAIR, VISN3 VETERANS ADVOCACY COUNCIL FOR MENTAL HEALTH

Hello All. I was really impressed... an Access A Ride customized London Cab looking vehicle pulled up at the BRONX VA and when the driver got out and opened the door... there was a tricked out, handicapped accessible ride with a ramp and dual sliding doors. That's the sort of thing we need to see more and more of. More vehicles and more availability. Also I would like to mention... here in NYC, on many occasions I have ...more »

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