For Provider Participants: Policy

The One-Size-Fit-All to Getting a Ride

I have found the greater need for Veterans is reliable, affordable, transportation to their medical appointments. Missed appointments and preventive care visits lead to influx emergency care, resulting in increased expenses for everyone. The solution is Coordinated Transporation Scheduling through Emerging Technology. It would be very efficient for medical appointment scheduler personnel to coordinate the transportation ...more »

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Half-fare for Veterans

To encourage Veterans to use Public Transportation, I recommend that Congress amend Section 5307(d)(1)(D) of Title 49 of the U.S. Code to include that Veterans presenting military identification cards during the operation of off peak-hour, fixed route service are entitled to travel for half the peak fixed route fare. This will grant non-disabled Veterans the same level of benefit as the elderly, persons with disabilities, ...more »

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For Individual Participants: Overcoming Barriers

Homebound with limited mobility & no transportation

What about veterans who are only able to get transport assistance to & from medical appts (either from the VA or their county services), & nothing to help with other life necessity needs? That don't have access to public transportation? VA physicians constantly urge patients to get out more in order to improve their outlook & quality of life, as it's well documented that this can aid in a patient's overall health, but ...more »

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For Provider Participants: Communications

Encourage VA Hospitals to Collaborate with Transit

Our transit system would love to work directly with the closest VA Hospital so that we can get vets there, but they have so many restrictions that it seems they can't even talk to us. We can't even call them unless we go through a board member who has a military ID. One local group has a van making trips to the hospital, but it's not accessible. We'd like to help with that, but we can't seem to get the communication ...more »

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For Individual Participants: Overcoming Barriers

Mobility Assessments

I suggest that all veterans after being stateside for a month should be provided a mobility assessment evaluation. Veterans Transportation traditionally has been used to get veterans from home to a medical appointment and back. A thorough mobility assessment would identify other transportation barriers and the services that are not accessible for an individual. Only after this information is documented then strategies ...more »

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Flexibility is the key

My thoughts on what may work is to have federal financial support that is both flexible and realistic. Each area is different and has its own veteran transportation needs. A program should have the background checks, proof of insurance, license, and reasonable vehicle safety, of course. There should be milieage reimbursment. In Boulder County, we have an organization that provides many services for veterans and their ...more »

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For Provider Participants: Communications

Use of MV-1 in Volunteer Transportation

The MV-1 http://www.vpgautos.com/experience-MV-1/mobility-vehicle-features is a wheel chair accessible van, and in my state would only require a chauffeur’s license to operate (not CDL). I would like to know if the DAV or other volunteer transportation provider has added this vehicle to their fleet and the overall thoughts of choosing this option versus a passenger van or paratransit bus?

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For Provider Participants: Partnerships

Building A Volunteer Transportation Network

My understanding is some of the obstacles to providing accessible transportation services through an all volunteer network is the extra requirements of a CDL versus a chauffeur's license and a preference for driving vans as opposed to buses. What strategies have been successful in building volunteer veteran transportation networks and sustaining them over time?

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For Provider Participants: Policy

Fund Rural Transportation

I have been working on planning and development of rural transportation systems that will serve the entire community for over two decades. Whether it is services for seniors, welfare to work, our veterans or the general public, the issue is FUNDING. We don't sufficiently fund rural transportation. It is time to stop nibbling around the edges. The problems have been the same for my entire career...programs in silos and ...more »

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For Provider Participants: Partnerships

A Centralized Call Center to assist Veterans and Disabled

2-1-1 is free a national helpline that connects the community to all social services and health related resources. This system is in place and could be a valuable tool to connect those with transportation needs in any area and link up vets and individuals with disabilities to necessary resources such as food, supports, shelter services, and basic needs.2-1-1's need to be in the conversation when talking about creating ...more »

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Support Innovation at the VA

I am a veteran and a transportation professional. VA has a new transportation initiative and a small staff to work on Veteran's transportation issues. That group has two problems, legal constraints keep them from using the money that they already spend in innovative ways and very limited new funds to expand existing programs. Why not allow a half dozen pilot projects where the VA and local mobility managment stakeholders ...more »

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For Provider Participants: Partnerships

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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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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For Provider Participants: Communications

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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For Individual Participants: Overcoming Barriers

For Multi-modal communities w/large populations

For the Multi-modal communities with having large populations with surrounding rural areas, in conjunction with the increases of aging baby-boomers, disabled communities, the health benefits of these communities to continue to network, stay active in the remaining life span, while the aging infrastructure of major metropolitan areas are weighted with other costs, including the burdens of transporting these same communities ...more »

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For Individual Participants: Getting a Ride

Stretching transportation dollars - increasing access

So, funding is limited and seems to be a major issue for all. Right? There are so many ways to get creative with how we spend our budgets and each method looks to increase access to serve the most people while maintaining costs. One opportunity is to identify multiple funding sources, link those funding sources to your users (through either a central database, etc) then look for opportunities for those funding streams ...more »

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For Provider Participants: Partnerships

Partner with Veterans Organizations to Develop Travel Training

During reintegration, it's important to equip veterans with the skills necessary to navigate to destinations. Affordable and accessible transportation is essential. A partnership of veterans organizations, transportation providers, council of government/city/county/chambers can work together to develop a travel training program that can help veterans and service members navigate to the VA hospital or post would help. ...more »

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For Individual Participants: Getting a Ride

Accessible taxis

There's a new ramp-equipped auto made in the USA called the MV-1. It was designed to be a solid taxi. Also, the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association lists companies around the nation that sell new and used wheelchair accessible vans and minivans that could be taxis. Vets and non-vets can start a rural or suburban taxi service, and even use a federal tax credit and tax deduction to reduce start-up costs.

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Accessible vehicle purchase/modification programs

Often access to an accessible vehicle is one of the first barriers. Programs that offer support and provide opportunities for veterans or service members with disabilities to purchase an accessible vehicle or make modifications to their own vehicle can help increase independence to veterans and offer support for family members. Vehicle conversion/modification programs may work well for veterans or service members living ...more »

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transportation volunteers without a vehicle

Many older adults can use public transportation if they have someone to accompany them. With help from volunteer escort, older person can go to medical appointments, run errands. This idea can be easily adapted to veterans traveling to medical appointments. Recommendation: Encourage the creation of volunteer escort programs; encourage transit providers to give free ride to escort/assistant. This kind of program exists ...more »

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