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By Katrina Goforth - kgoforth@civitasmedia.com

The Disabled American Veterans or DAV Chapter 33 of Altus provides free transportation for the men and women of Altus who have served in the United States’ armed forces.

According to the DAV, the organization’s mission is to empower veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity by providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families.

The DAV Transportation Network provides rides for veterans to medical appointments. This service has unfortunately been temporarily shut down in Altus due to a lack of volunteer drivers.

The local chapter is looking for drivers willing to volunteer time to serve those who have spent their lives serving their country.

Volunteers need only to have a current driver’s license. No commercial license is necessary. Volunteers do not need specialized medical training.

The Department of Veterans Affairs holds insurance for volunteer drivers who have passed a physical at the VA office in Oklahoma City. Transportation to Oklahoma City for the physical is available for those who wish to volunteer.

Retired professionals or college students wishing to help their community, and all ages in between, are encouraged to consider volunteering. There are no age limits as long as the requirements are met.

In the last three months, Altus’ DAV drivers logged more than 14,000 miles transporting veterans to medical appointments at the VA hospital in Oklahoma City. It is a service that is essential to the health of many Altus residents.

Men and women who have served in the armed forces during a period of war or under conditions simulating war, were wounded or disabled as a result of military service, or have been discharged or retired from military service under honorable conditions are eligible to join the DAV.

For those wishing to help the DAV, but are unable to transport veterans to medical appointments, monetary donations can be made instead.

The DAV does not receive federal funding and relies on contributions from donors. All donations are tax-deductible and 75.8 percent of contributions are used for programs that serve disabled veterans and their families, according to the Disabled American Veterans organization.

For more information, contact Chapter 33 Commander Virgil Williams at 580-471-1692 or visit www.dav.org.

By Katrina Goforth


Reach Katrina Goforth at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.

Reach Katrina Goforth at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.

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