Volunteers Sought to Drive W.Va. Disabled Vets to Hospitals

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia is seeking volunteer drivers for a partnership to transport disabled veterans to hospital medical appointments.

State Veterans Assistance Secretary Dennis Davis tells The Herald-Dispatch the volunteers are needed at least one day per month for the program that resumes July 1.

Davis says on average about 500 veterans each day need rides to Veterans Affairs medical centers in Beckley, Clarksburg, Huntington and Martinsburg.

The state is partnering with the nonprofit group Disabled American Veterans. The group operated a van transportation program in West Virginia prior to 2014. The state then took it over.

But Davis has said he found some vehicles operated by the state program were being used other than for transporting veterans, while some drivers were going out of state to pick up veterans.