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Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network still needs volunteers

The Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network is off to a good start, but they’re still looking for volunteers to help Veterans with rides to their doctor’s appointments.

Posted: Dec 14, 2017 5:44 PM
Updated: Dec 14, 2017 6:31 PM

The Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network has recruited 5 volunteer drivers and is looking for around 15 more to fill the new I-90 Mohawk Corridor. Volunteers must complete an application, pass a physical exam and health screening, have a valid driver’s license, and complete a background check. Bill Gleason is the Head Recruiter and a volunteer driver for the DAV.

"I think it’s the best job in the world to tell you the truth because I’m helping people."

Helping people like New Hartford Veteran John Luggerio.

"I couldn’t take a taxi and I don’t know anybody that could take me to Syracuse. I go every week, every Thursday and it would be almost impossible to find somebody to commit to taking me every week to the VA."

Kathy Kelly is also a DAV Volunteer Driver and feels drivers have a lot to benefit from volunteering.

"It’s fun. I mean the stories that you hear back there when the guys start talking among themselves, it’s so neat to hear that. I just can’t imagine someone not liking to do this."

For others like Bill Gleason it’s more of a mission.

"I never got close to getting hit or hurt. These kids that are coming home now and they definitely need some help. I mean physically, mentally, and I just want to be there."

So if you’re even thinking about becoming a volunteer driver, consider these thoughts from Kathy Kelly:

"We have what we have because of the guys that fought for it, and those guys back there, they fought for it, and some of them didn’t come out of the service whole, so we need to give back."

The I-90 Mohawk Corridor is expected to start up this spring, so anyone interested in volunteering to become a driver can dial        (315) 425-4343

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