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Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System

 

DAV, CAVHS work together to transport Veterns

Photo of DAV commander handing a key to a new van to a volunteer driver

From left: CAVHS volunteer driver Terry Fuquay; Margaret Robinsin, CAVHS DAV transportation coordinator; Charlie Brown, Arkansas DAV commander; Michael Dobbs, CAVHS head of Voluntary Services; James Scott, DAV chapter 46 commander.

By VA Photo by Jeff Bowen
Monday, October 15, 2018

The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System gratefully accepted two transit vans and two special electric carts from the Disabled American Veterans at a special key presentation ceremony October 9, 2018 at Fort Roots in North Little Rock.

The two new transit vans, seating 12 and 10 persons prospectively, have been added to the CAVHS Volunteer Transportation Network and will assist Veterans traveling from and to Mena and Hot Springs.  The two new GEMS electric carts will operate throughout the Little Rock and North Little Rock CAVHS campuses to assist Veterans in parking areas.

“This service is well received by Veterans, and we greatly appreciate the DAV’s collaboration and financial support,” said Michael Dobbs, CAVHS Voluntary Service chief.  “This program is very successful because of our great partnership, and the support of our volunteers.”

The CAVHS Volunteer Transportation Network is made up of more than 90 volunteer drivers transporting nearly 10,000 Veterans per year from 15 different points throughout Arkansas.  CAVHS volunteer drivers have contributed more than 20,000 hours and driven more than 450,000 miles in 2018.

The CAVHS Volunteer Transportation Network provides transportation from Batesville, El Dorado, Camden, Fayetteville, Heber Springs, Hot Springs, Hope, Jonesboro, Magnolia, Mena, Mountain Home, Newport, Pine Bluff, Russellville and other locations along designated routes to the Little Rock and North Little Rock facilities.

Any Veteran needing transportation to either John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital or Eugen J. Towbin Medical Center may call 501-257-2629.

Since the national DAV transportation program began in 1987, more than 2,496 vehicles worth nearly $53 million have been donated to the Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers.

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