New van will transport veterans to medical appointments
ALBION – A new Ford van was put into service this week by the Orleans County Joint Veterans Council, bringing their fleet to five vehicles which transport veterans to medical appointments.
Earl Schmidt, director of the Orleans County Veterans Services Agency, said the Joint Veterans Council received enough donations from the community to purchase the new van. This will replace an aging van, he said.
“These vans and their volunteer drivers allow safe travel for veterans to their medical appointments,” Schmidt said.
He commended Greg Stanton for doing the lettering on the van at a fraction of what it actually cost.
The five-passenger van was delivered Monday morning by Rich Beyer, a salesman at Orleans Ford in Medina.
Last year, the veterans’ medical transportation program made 1,000 trips, taking 1,950 veterans to medical appointments. This also represents 6,000 volunteer hours, Schmidt said.
The program has 22 dedicated volunteer drivers, in addition to 11 office volunteers who coordinate trips and take care of paperwork.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can call 589-2856.