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Area veterans receive vans from DAV

Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 11:11 am

Lincoln County veterans will have better access to get to VA facilities for the care that they need.

The veterans at Veterans Coffee talk were surprised with two vans given by Disabled American Veterans (DAV). One van will take veterans to the VA facility in Columbia while the other will take veterans to VA facilities in St. Louis. The vans were presented to give Lincoln County veterans a localized mode of transportation.

The Columbia bound van will run Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The van that goes to Columbia is also able to pick up veterans in Bowling Green. The van headed for St. Louis will go Mondays and Wednesdays to John Cochran and Tuesday and Thursday to Jefferson Barracks’ VA. On  Friday the van will take veterans to the clinic in O’Fallon.

“The veterans that ride the VA need to be veterans that don’t drive and have no transportation,” said Veterans Coffee Talk Coordinator, Roger Kiesey.

“They need to set their appointments up between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Reason being we have to get them up and got to get them there. So we don’t want to be out there at 5 a.m. in the morning cranking a van up because it is all volunteer.”

Kiesey said that the vans are not wheelchair, or oxygen accessible.

“If they have a wheel chair, or are on oxygen they will have to schedule their appointment two weeks in advance and a special van from the VA in St. Louis will pick them up. We can’t take them,” he said.

Anyone is able to volunteer whether they are a veteran or not.

“I will have to get you qualified, but you don’t have to be a veteran to drive,” continued Kiesey. “Basically all you need is a clean driving record.”

If you or a veteran you know needs to set up an appointment for DAV transportation call 314-332-9074. If you wish to volunteer, call 314-369-7747.