DAV needs drivers to get veterans to appointments

DAV needs drivers to get veterans to appointments

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Disabled American Veterans needs volunteers to get veterans to their clinic appointments.

The department that serves Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas needs drivers for their transportation vans.

The only thing volunteers have to give is their time.

"It doesn't take anything but their time," Hospital coordinator Lacey McClintock said. "We just need their time and them. The vehicle is provided, the gas is provided, we just need their time to transport those veterans to their must needed appointments."

McClintock organizes volunteers for Poplar Bluff, Cape Girardeau, Farmington, West Plains and Paragould.

Currently the Paragould area only has two volunteer drivers.

"We have doubled our transportation miles," McClintock said. "We have a lot more requests coming in so we need more volunteers to be able to keep up with those requests."

McClintock said the DAV would like to utilize each volunteer at least once a week.

Several veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Paragould told Region 8 News the service is very beneficial.

They said some veterans do not have cars or insurance, so getting to an important VA appointment can be difficult.

McClintock said the job can be very rewarding and volunteers always come to her with interesting stories from the veterans.

"Basically the veterans have served their country and we want to be able to give a service back to them," McClintock said.

If anyone wants to volunteer to be a driver for the DAV they can contact Lacey McClintock at 573-778-4616.

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