Since 1987, DAV (Disabled American Veterans) Transportation Network volunteer drivers have logged 734.6 million miles, providing nearly 19 million no-cost rides for Veterans to and from VA health care appointments. This program makes an incredible impact on Veterans like 94-year-old Vincent Rolves, a former POW who served in WWII.
“I think they’re just wonderful,” said Rolves of DAV volunteer drivers. “Not everybody is so thoughtful of Veterans, but the ones that are, I just really appreciate.”
DAV needs more volunteer drivers nationwide to meet the growing transportation need of Veterans.
Without this program, many Veterans would not have access to the VA health care they’ve earned. DAV has donated a total of 3,517 vehicles to VA medical centers, and the VA has valued DAV hours of volunteer service at nearly $34.7 million annually—making it an indispensable resource for Veterans and a cost-effective solution for the VA.
“I’m honored to be doing this for [Rolves],” said DAV Transportation Network volunteer and Veteran James Sabelca. “Maybe some day, someone will be doing this for me.”
How you can help
If you want to give back to your community and to Veterans that served our country, and their families, and help them attend their health care appointments, volunteer to be a driver for DAV.
Interested applications can call their local VA Health Care System’s Voluntary Service Department or send a message or request through https://www.volunteer.va.gov/apps/VolunteerNow. Applicants can also request the route area they prefer.
- Pass a physical given by a VA Occupational Health provider.
- Have good judgement and ability to solve problems.
- Ability to remain calm under stressful conditions.
- Willing to do minor vehicle inspections for safety.
- Complete an annual VA-sponsored defensive driving class.
- Possess a valid state driver’s license and clean driving record.
- Possess personal auto liability insurance.
- Keep DAV van clean inside and out for comfort.
- Report to the Voluntary Service Department and DAV personnel.
- Drive Veterans to their health care appointments to VA health care systems
- Coordinate with Veteran passengers on where to meet and the time of their departure to their health care appointment.
- Return Veterans to their original pick up location after their health care appointment.
If you or anyone you may know would like to get involved and drive a DAV van to assist Veterans in getting to and from their health care appointment, please visit http://dav.org/help-dav/volunteer/ to learn more.