St. Cloud VA Transportation Update

Greetings from the St. Cloud VAMC, Summer is quickly coming to a close and at the St. Cloud VAMC we are celebrating our one year mark since we revamped our transportation program. I am happy to report things are going great. We have expanded our services to multiple vehicles out of St. Cloud and added services for our Veterans in Wright County. Out of the St. Cloud VAMC we now offer transportation services through the DAV of MN in Wright County, Crow Wing County, Traverse County and in several counties within a 50 mile (plus) radius of the St. Cloud VAMC. In the month of July our Volunteer Drivers provided over 350 Veteran Transports.

All of our expansion is only possible because of the extraordinary dedication of the Volunteer Drivers. Every day I am impressed by the dedication of these Volunteers, as they provide such an important service to our Veterans. If you live near one of the VAMCs I encourage you to contact the HSC and find out ways you may be able to assist. For those of you that are not located near one of the VAMC’s there may still be opportunities to volunteer transporting Veterans in your area. If you have any questions about becoming a Volunteer Driver you can call me at 320-252-1670 Ext. 6676.

The DAV of MN has now rolled out the DAV of MN-Northeast Transportation Program. The DAV of MN recently hired Dan Welsand to coordinate transportation out of the Duluth Area. If you have any questions, are interested in volunteering or would like to welcome Dan to the team you can contact him at 218-204-0693. We are waiting on the finalization of some paperwork and look forward to offering transportation to our Veterans in the Northeast very soon.

Thank you for all of your support during my first year running our transportation network out of the St. Cloud VAMC. I am looking forward to continuing our expansion and serving even more Veterans in the year to come. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions at: trent@davmn.org, Office: 320-252-1670 ext. 6676, Cell: 651-788-3186. Trent C Dilks HSC/DSO

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