Tyler Area Veterans Get Free Ride to Dallas VA Medical Center | Community Spirit
Veterans receiving care at the Tyler VA Primary Care Clinic on Golden Road used to have to make the two-hour trip on their own if they needed specialty care or other services available at Dallas VA Medical Center. Now thanks to the VA Voluntary Service Volunteer Transportation Network (VTN), they can sit back and enjoy the ride.
The VTN program assists veterans by providing a six-passenger van to meet veterans’ transportation needs to and from VA facilities for their medical treatment. VTN is made possible by the help of volunteer drivers registered through Voluntary Service at VA North Texas Health Care System.
“The VTN program helps with providing needed transportation for our veterans,” said Lehebron Farr, administrative officer of the Tyler VA clinic. “Because of the generosity and commitment of our volunteers, veterans now have an added service to meet their transportation needs,” Farr said.
Veterans like Tara Thompson-Lupi of Jacksonville is a Gulf War veteran who is thankful for the opportunity. “There was no red tape to be scheduled for the VTN van, and it was stress-free. The courtesy call the evening before was really great and put me at ease,” Lupi said.
Some of the generous volunteers to support the program and sign up as volunteer VTN drivers are members of the local Disabled American Veterans (DAV) chapter 6 and DAV Auxiliary chapter affiliate 0932. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer driver for the VTN program in Tyler should contact Bimal Chaudhry, voluntary service specialist, at 817-730-0078.
The VTN van currently runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays and is free of charge. To schedule a ride, Veterans should contact their clinic at the Tyler VA Primary Care Clinic at 903-590-3050.