Veterans group asking for more volunteer drivers

Volunteer drivers needed for VA

MADISON, Ind. (WHAS11) -- For some veterans, a ride to the VA hospital isn't as easy as getting in a car and going.

 

"I look forward to getting up in the morning and picking up a veteran or two," said Allen Manning.

 

They depend on volunteers like Manning.  He drives veterans from Madison, Indiana to Louisville.  He's done so since 2006.

 

"We have some blind individuals. Just individuals who don't feel comfortable driving at all.  So, that's why we have the van," Manning said.

 

Manning is one of four volunteer drivers for Madison's chapter of the Disabled American Veterans.  It's a program that has about 300 locally registered veterans looking for rides to their appointments.  Manning says more volunteers are desperately needed.

 

"If we could have a driver just do one day a month, to take the load off the others, that would help out immensely," Manning told WHAS11.

 

Clyde James is also one of the four volunteer drivers.  He's logged more than 50,000 miles in the van since 1995.  In some situations, he says a lack of volunteers has lead to missed appointments.

 

"It's unfortunate we do have to turn them away occasionally. Not too often but occasionally.  But, one time is too often," James said.

 

Manning, who spent 28 and a half years in the Air Force, says one day a month isn't asking for much considering many veterans have given much of their lifetime to serve.

 

For Manning, he's not asking for a hand-out, but a hand-up.

 

"It's one of the most important things I do volunteer work with and I think anybody that did it would find the same thing," he said.

 

If you would like to help volunteer, you can call the Louisville VA Volunteer Services at (502) 287 – 4454.

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