Veterans in West Virginia are getting assistance to get to their appointments. That is thanks to a new agreement between the state and the Disabled American Veterans. The announcement was made by Gov. Jim Justice (R-WV) on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018.
The DAV has agreed to provide three new vans for the program which will take disabled veterans to VA Hospitals in Clarksburg, Beckley, Martinsburg and Huntington. Gov. Justice has provided funding for an additional four vans. The Governor has also said he will recommend the West Virginia Legislature fund six more vans.
“Dennis Davis, Secretary of Veterans Assistance, reviewed the existing program operated by the state and discovered problems. Some vehicles were being used for purposes other than transporting veterans. Some drivers were traveling across the state line to pick up veterans in other states. Further, the fleet is aging and in dire need of upgrades,” said Gov. Justice. “Under this new agreement the DAV will provide this essential service to our veterans at a significantly reduced cost.”
The Governor said the state will buy more vans each year until all of the vehicles have been replaced. Beginning on July 1, 2019 the DAV will provide drivers at no cost to the state.