These questions are offered as a discussion guide: • How should we share information on transportation and related resources in our communities? • What are the most useful ways and best practices that reach Veterans, Service Members and their families? • How could communications among stakeholders and state, local, and Federal partners be improved?

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Build common formats for exchanging transportation data

One of the challenges to coordinating operations between human service transportation providers and MSO/VSO transportation providers is the lack of easy mechanisms for being able to send trip request or vehicle availability information between providers. Aside from phone calls and faxes, there is no straightforward and secure means to communicate between systems unless perhaps the providers are using the same scheduling ...more »

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An exploision of Information Sharing

It's good to know there is a wealth of information on the internet about services provided to Veterans. But I have found the challenge in knowing where to look and how to search without being overwhelmed in accessing the information. As a transportation provider, it would be extremely beneficial for there to be a One-source information center for transportation providers to locate transportation services, benefits, programs, ...more »

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Diversity Within The Veteran and Military Community

There is a great deal of diversity within the the veteran and military community. For instance, the needs of WWII and Vietnam veterans and their families may be different than those of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families. What can transportation providers and transit agencies do to ensure that they are meeting the needs of all veterans, service members and their families? Are there generational differences ...more »

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