For Individual Participants: Overcoming Barriers

These questions are offered as a discussion guide: • What kinds of transportation challenges are Veterans, Service Members, and their families facing? • Which transportation challenges are most difficult, and why (for example, to work, rehab or health services, shopping, the mall, the movies)? • What do you see as the gaps in your local transportation network? • What changes can or should be made to improve the quality and availability of transportation in your community?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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