Every year, thousands of veterans that need medical care rely on free transportation to get to the hospital.
The service is provided by the Disabled American Veteran – but their numbers are stretched thin and they’re running low on volunteers.
Organizers note that many of the volunteers are retired, and they’re leaving for warmer places for the winter, leaving the DAV strapped and in need of help transporting more than 2,000 veterans every month.
Disabled American Veterans organizer Bill Gleason noted that many of these veterans live in desperate situations.
“You have medical problems, you have physical problems, you have homeless vets. I pick up people that don’t have electricity – they’re in a shack,” he said.
The organization covers the Mowhawk Valley through Central New York to the Southern Tier.
Two areas of need include Auburn and Lowville – where they’re down to just two volunteers.
The DAV is calling on the community to help save the nation’s heroes.
If you want to volunteer, just be aware that you will need to undergo a physical, and you’ll face some demanding tasks.
If you’d like to help the DAV, call Gleason at (315) 425-4343.