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Program looks for volunteers
Volunteers are needed for a program that provides transportation for veterans to doctor appointments.

The program, sponsored by Disabled American Veterans, involves transporting veterans by van to local clinics and to the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin.

Tina Herring, manager of the Georgia Department of Veterans Services office, which helps coordinate the program, said more drivers are needed.

"We've probably had 10 or so volunteers over the years," Herring said.

Now the program is down to just two volunteers. One makes local trips while the other transports individuals to Dublin.

It's a service many former and retired military personnel appreciate.

"A lot of veterans would not have a way to go to Dublin if they couldn't ride the van either because they can't physically drive themselves ... or it might just be too far and too fatiguing to drive," Herring said.

Volunteering isn't difficult, Herring said. An application and physical must be completed, and a seven-year driving record, proof of license and insurance must be provided.

"Once all those hurdles are cleared, (a person) is cleared to drive," Herring said. "You don't have to be a veteran to be a driver."

To volunteer, call 262-234.

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