DAV Charitable Service Trust Gives Big Boost to DAV Transportation Network

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Monday, 13 May 2002

The Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust has contributed $375,000 to help purchase new vans for use across the nation to take sick and disabled veterans to their appointments at VA medical centers and return them home.

"The nationwide Transportation Network has been in operation since 1987 and has had unprecedented success," said Chairman Richard E. Marbes. "DAV has been a leader in the care and commitment to veterans. These vans and DAV's corps of volunteers have made this one of the most successful veteran service programs in the history of our nation."

The funds will be directed to the DAV's Colorado Trust to help DAV Departments and Chapters purchase 86 vans this year. The vans will be donated to the Department of Veterans' Affairs medical facilities in 29 states.

In 1987, the Department of Veterans Affairs discontinued reimbursements for the costs of transporting veterans to and from VA medical facilities for treatment. In response to the great need of veterans, DAV organized the nationwide Transportation Network to help veterans get the medical attention they need. Today, the program provides more than 700,000 rides annually to veterans needing transportation to VA medical appointments.

Last year, the DAV Transportation Network's volunteers donated 1.6 million hours and drove nearly 26.6 million miles to provide rides to sick and disabled veterans.

"We are very pleased the DAV Charitable Service Trust is able to support the Transportation Network which has such a rich history of service to disabled veterans and their families," Mr. Marbes said. "The DAV has a proud history of veterans helping veterans. The Charitable Service Trust is pleased to help continue that legacy by supporting the Transportation Network."

"The DAV's spirit is fulfilled each year by the generosity of those who contribute to the DAV Charitable Service Trust through workplace campaigns, including the Combined Federal Campaign and the United Way," Mr. Marbes said.

The million-member Disabled American Veterans, a non-profit organization founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932, represents this nation's disabled veterans. It is dedicated to a single purpose: building better lives for our nation's disabled veterans and their families.

For more information, or to contact Disabled American Veterans (DAV), see their website at: www.dav.org

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