Northeast MN DAV Transportation Program launches Ely Program

Pictured are the volunteer drivers from left to right Jim Fierek, Tom Brown (Duluth Program), Sherry Brown (Duluth Program), Pat Nelson, Steve Schon, Commander Chapter 23 Bob Kroll, and Mike Pope.

The DAV of MN, Northeast Minnesota Transportation Program launched a new volunteer driver transportation program in Ely to assist area veterans in making scheduled Veteran Affairs appointments.

On Monday October 21 volunteer drivers Tom Brown and Sherry Brown assisted NE DAV Transportation Coordinator Daniel Welsand deliver a 2015 Ford Flex to Ely. The vehicle was presented to Paul McDonald St. Louis County Commissioner where it will be housed at the County Commissioners Office. The Ford Flex will be utilized in helping Ely and surrounding area veterans get to their VA approved appointments. Currently, we are still trying to figure out routes for the area, but veterans are encouraged to call for details. We will service the Ely CBOC, the Hibbing CBOC, Twin Ports CBOC, and other Mission Act appointments if they are approved through Veterans Affairs. We are also looking for volunteer drivers in the area. The program currently has four volunteer drivers but is looking to increase that amount.

We are always looking for new volunteer drivers in all areas of MN. The DAV of MN NE currently has programs in Duluth/Superior, Hibbing/Virginia, and now Ely. If you are retired or just have 1 day a month to spare to help veterans get to their VA appointments, please contact Daniel Welsand at 218-204-0693 or inquire at [email protected] to help out. For other volunteer driver opportunities, please visit the DAV of MN website at