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Thanks to Secretary LaHood and the U.S. DOT team for their focus on improving transportation options for our active armed forces, military veterans, and their families. In reading the comments posted to date I am especially interested in the ones that involve public transportation and am further informed by this specific input from across America. The American Public Transportation Association and its members knows... more »

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Veterans paratransit eligibility

How about a separate system for vetrans and their families/caregivers. If a vetran has been disabled cognitively, physically, or both, then transportation could be provided at 75% of the going rate of regular public transit. These vets and their families could then fully participate in the community, go to appts., events, and be with other like minded vets, who understand what they have and do go through

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Broad Coalitions Make a Difference

In working with the hundreds of communities we reach, the major message we hear is the power of coalitions. With the FTA's new Veterans Community Living Initiative, we have the opportunity to expand these coalitions to ensure that organizations serving veterans and military famiies have a seat at the planning table. Ideally, this would also include direct representation by veterans, their families and service members... 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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