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One-Call Volunteer Transportation Service

The initiation of a volunteer transportation program was brought about with this goal in mind: transport Polk County residents to any place, at anytime and wherever the destination the individual may need to go. The Central Iowa Shelter & Services VISTA Veterans Outreach Project group factored improved quality of life rides as a major determinant in our decision making processes. By providing a volunteer transportation ...more »

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Disconnect between location of medical facilities and patients

There is now a dialysis treatment center in Mason County, Washington which is used by rural residents who formerly had to travel long distances to other centers for treatment. The new dialysis treatment center is a result of a multi-year effort by a broad community coalition. Is it possible for the location of Veterans Medical Centers to be better aligned with where their patient population lives? Locating facilities ...more »

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Support for Caregivers of Veterans

Transporting aloved one is often one of the biggest issues for caregivers. Whether it is time lost from work, getting informaiton about how to safely and accessibly use theri own vehicle or finding community resources with people they trust to provide transportation, there is a great need for more information targeted at caregivers.

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provide the mass transit subsidy to Veterans

Provide veterans the same mass transit subsidy benefit offered to federal employees. The MTSB program or Transit incentive program (TIP) for DOD workers provides a monthly subsidy of $125.00 or up to $240.00 for the use of mass transit (including vanpools) to and from work. This will allow veterans the ability to expand there job search area and opportunity’s.

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Promote Vets' Needs during National Transportation Week

May 13-19 is the 50th Nat'l Transportation Week and May 18, 2012, is Nat'l Defense Transportation Day. Associations like NDTA would be glad to help in this dialogue. Our local chapters’ NTW commemorations include a 5K supporting Operation Homefront, golf tournaments supporting chapter scholarships, and banquets honoring current and future transportation leaders. At all of these events, logistics and transportation professionals ...more »

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Use Vet Networks to Find Volunteers

I'm a mobility manager in upstate New York. I have a call center when people can get transportation planning assistance. I recently found out that there is a veterans support group in our area which has a listserve, connecting veterans and allowing them to help each other. Through this list serve, I was able to find a volunteer to assist a rural caller of mine who needed a ride to the grocery store a few times per ...more »

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Veteran Owned Small Bussiness VOSB/SDVOSB Opportunities

As a veteran owned small business – VOSB, we are finding it extremely difficult to compete for work in the engineering and construction industry as it relates to the FHWA transportation program for roadway design and construction. In the state of Florida, they utilize a disadvantaged business enterprise program recognized by the small business administration to assist startup companies that fit that description. There ...more »

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Buses on post

The greatest barrier to providing public transportation to wounded and ther familes at the national military medical center in San Antonio, is access to the post. Since 2001 VIA's buses running regular routes have not been allowed on post at Fort Sam Houston. A protocol to make bus service practical would solve a lot of problems. The ball is in DoD's court.

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Centralize Transportation Options via Smartphone Access

The Veteran populations of America, young and old, are continuing to access resources and services via their mobile and tablet devices. Yet, many government services and even local community transportation services go unknown to Veterans and their Families as they move to new neighborhoods or attend Military training (if in the National Guard) in distant, unfamiliar geographic areas. Our idea, selfish as it is, is to ...more »

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Reducing rural vetran transportation issues

Coordinate a multistage effort to arrange and reduce problems with veterans transportation to medical treatment facilities. Medical treatment facilities can work with transit agencies to block specific dates for veterans living in remote access areas that use local transit agencies to provide service. In cases where the two agencies cannot resolve the issue the county Veterans Service Agency should get involved to help ...more »

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Viewing the Citizen Rider as the Enemy

Due to the increased demand on Paratransit systems in the future for a rapidly aging society-STOP viewing the Citizens, both elder and disabled populations, as the enemy of paratransit systems and a drain on the fixed route system!! Communication skill-sets are paramount in the FTA side of things! Cease placing the burdens onto the citizen as the FTA is doing now, when establishing FULL transportations communications ...more »

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VA Disability policy causes Homelessness of veterans.

It is so sad when the VA Claims process takes so long that just the system itself causes veterans to become homeless when they can no longer work. They have their own built in delays when they are reviewing claims, they call for an exam, then see later they need another exam, and so on. This type of process by "not looking at the whole claim" causes unnecessary delays. I have waited over 2 years now, and still very ...more »

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Military Transit Benefit

Military reimburses military personnel (and other government employees) when they use public transit to travel to and from work. Why are local military installations allowed to "opt out" (or basically ignore) the Presidential Executive Order? I live in a community where the military installation has done nothing about the Mass Transit Benefit Program by setting up a system to communicate the advantages and encourage ...more »

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Senior Transportation and Veterans Transportation

i just read that Regional Valley Transit in Idaho has donated a wheelchair-accessible bus to Parma Senior Center. The Center will use the bus to provide transportation for two primary activities, one of which will be transportation to the Veterans Medical Center.

Is this a model of partnership (public transit and senior center) that it would be helpful to replicate in other communities?

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Armedzilla

I'm wondering if Armedzilla is an appropriate venue on which to let people know about and encourage participation in the Veterans Online Dialogue: Strengthening Transportation Choices So We Can Serve Those Who Have Served Their Country

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Planner

We should look into educating those on Military bases through participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program events. These events help members prior to and after deployments. They serve as a one stop information session for these persons and the family members as well. Including parents, friends, partners, etc.

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Transit Benefits for Veterans with new VA SmartCard ID

We should discuss how to provide public transportation to all Veterans (at no cost to the Veteran), with fares reimbursed to the transit agencies by the Federal Government. To accomplish this, I suggest we redesign the VA ID Card so that the Federal Government can reimburse Public Transit agencies for providing transit services to all military Veterans. From a policy standpoint, it would be ideal if the reimbursement ...more »

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Rural Transportation Assisting in Continuity of Care

To provide continuity for rural veterans for transportation to appointments from local community as well as hospital settings. A shuttle service within the VISN catchment area, assistance with transportation outside of the VISN and transportation within communities during periods or in places local transportation does not operate ig. shelter pick up/drop off, bus terminals to and from recovery related events or local ...more »

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Rural Transportation

Living in a rural community, we find the greatest challege our veterans face is finding transportation to the services they need. There is public transportation in only one city. We developed a program to provide volunteer transportation, yet it receives no funding. We rely soley on donations and grants. Rural transportation is a serious issue in allowing our veterans to access medical services, mental health services, ...more »

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Transportation

Transportation is always cited as a top concern. Yet all programs and initatives offer capital funding, which is not always the problem for transportion systems. Operating funding is one of our top obstacles to facilitate providing transportation for Veterans. Municipal boundries between urban and rural areas also need to be less restrictive.

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