Scanning the ideas already submitted ... it seems that transportation is paramount ... more so accessible transportation for Veterans, Family members of Veterans as well as Military personnel and their families. I am sure there are a lot of innovative transportation ideas, whereby transit agencies took the challenges and sought out opportunities ... below are some thoughts that may help jumpstart the opportunity process.... more »
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 »
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.
Similar to a Rail pass gives those who purchase it 30 days of travel via participating mass transit and also pays a portion of all such tickets for Veterans, and the elderly.
Family, friends and paid care givers play an important role in supporting veterans and wounded warriors - and transportaiton is a service provided by many caregivers. Is anyone familiar with communities supporting caregivers that provide transportaiton? what are they doing to support these unsung heroes?
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 »
What happens in case of emergencies - for instance, the need to accompany or visit a family member to the hospital? Or to go to a funeral? How do you deal with that if you have trouble with transportation in your daily life?
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?
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 »
As lead agency for regional coordination under the banner EasTexConnects, the East Texas Council of Governments worked with partners on an Interconnectivity Day on May 10th to illustrate the benefits of public transportation. The premise was that providers would provide free transportation to those using more than one mode. To give the day focus, veterans were targeted to make a multimodal trip to the Dallas VA Hospital.... more »
At the NM VA, we are unable to transport Veterans' Family members due to liability issues. This is frequently a barrier to supporting Veterans when we are able to transport the Veteran to an important medical appt. and yet the family member has to take public transportation. In essence, this implies that we are not supporting Veterans' family.
What is the greatest challenge that transportation providers face in establishing partnerships with VA Centers, MSOs and VSOs? What resources could be developed to help transportation prviders overcome these challenges?
The National Resource Directory lists and describes a very large and diverse number of transportation options for veterans and/or wounded warriors. My organization talks to people every day who do not know this government directory web site even exists.
Check it out. All kinds of sources for transportation help. Thanks.
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 »
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?