Claremore Daily Progress

Community News

June 19, 2014

Rogers County DAV receives transportation vehicle

CLAREMORE —

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) remains the leader in providing direct assistance to veterans all over the country.   The DAV ensures service members receive benefits due to them.   Service-connected disabilities may require long term care and for those on a fixed income, transportation to and from a VA hospital could be costly.       
DAV Chapter 44 will be providing an extension of their services by offering transportation to all veterans in Rogers County.  “We are veterans helping veterans.  We finally got a van that we requested to assist many of our veterans to get to their medical or service-connected appointments.  We received a seven passenger van for those who have no transportation, fixed income, vision/hearing impairment and have other disabilities.  Some have their caregivers take them also,” stated Commander CJ Masters.  
Masters said they do what they can to help all of the veterans.  
They have outgrown their current space with a rise in membership this year.  “We hold our meetings at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) building now because we had increased our membership up to 336 and cannot accommodate beyond the current capacity of the DAV building.  We had a lot more attend than normal, especially on the auxiliary side,” he said.   “We are definitely growing.  And…we are still raising money for our building fund.  Space is a big issue for us.  We are helping a lot of those who have or are returning from current conflict.”
The DAV van will not be available to schedule appointments until after July 4th.  “We will need volunteers from our membership base to drive the veterans to appointments in Tulsa, Vinita and Muskogee.  Some will need to connect to transportation in Tulsa so they can be driven to further destinations for care or treatment.”
The DAV transportation depends on public donations and contributions from their National Headquarters.  

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