Veterans transportation service struggles to find volunteers in Roseburg

Staff said there are eight routes that come to and from the Roseburg VA, including routes that go to Eugene, Coos Bay, North Bend, Reedsport and Florence.

Posted: Feb 20, 2020 6:48 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore.— Organizers of a national transportation service are struggling to find volunteers to drive veterans to their doctors’ appointments in Roseburg.

Disabled American Veterans Transportation is a non-profit organization that’s dedicated to transporting veterans to appointments at VA hospitals across the country.

Staff said there are eight routes that go to and from the Roseburg VA, including routes to Eugene, Coos Bay, North Bend, Reedsport and Florence.

However, they said they only have a total of 24 drivers signed up for all eight routes. They said they need a minimum of 40 drivers to cover each route every day.

Wanda Janus said many of the veterans struggle with finding transportation to and from VA appointments due to finances, sickness or disability.

She said she hopes people realize how important drivers are to the veterans who need it.

“Some of these folks would not be able to get to their medical appointments without us,” said Janus. “Or, they would have to walk.”

Janus said drivers are needed in Douglas, Coos, and Lane Counties. Interested volunteers can sign up on DAV.org or contact their local VA Hospital.

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