Need a Ride?

When the men and women fighting overseas return home, often times they return with injuries. The only VA Hospital they can go to, however, is in Oklahoma City and many need help getting there.
So local Disabled American Veterans Chapter 41 is asking for your help giving these solders a ride.

For the last several years, Chapter 41 of the Disabled American Veterans has been giving soldiers in North Texas a ride to the VA Hospital in Oklahoma City, but the DAV is running short of volunteers to drive, and they want you to help.

"4-5 veterans a day go to the Oklahoma VA Medical Center," said Joel Jimenez, Chapter 41 Commander, "because that's our catchman area."

Jimenez said even though there's a VA clinic in Wichita Falls, soldiers need to go to Oklahoma City for any major medical issue.

Also, because of the number of soldiers the Oklahoma City VA Hospital serves, Jimenez said it's vital for veterans to make their appointments."

"If you miss your appointment," explained Jimenez, "you get sent back 30-60 days. Our veterans can't wait anymore. They need help."

Unlike in the past, volunteer drivers don't need to take their own vehicle.

The DAV has a brand new van to make the trip, and will even buy your lunch.

But that's not the only reward DAV members say you'll receive.

"Mostly the satisfaction of helping a veteran," said Chapter 41 Officer Scott Martinez, "Give back to the community. Give back to the veterans that kept us free."

If you'd like to volunteer to become a DAV driver, you can call Project Manager Tom Bursey with Disabled American Veterans Chapter 41 at 631-1032.

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