KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System is looking for volunteers to drive veterans to and from their appointments at the Veterans Medical Center in Temple and particularly to transport veterans from Killeen.
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Volunteer driver Bill Workman said this program especially helps veterans who are disabled, live alone, or have no other way to get to Temple.
"We've got a lot of older folks, Second World War, Korea, especially that are homebound or can't drive," volunteer driver Bill Workman said.
"This is a way of saying, 'I can help you out’,” volunteer driver Harlan Hively said.
He drives veterans to and from an outpatient VA clinic in Austin each Thursday.
Hively said he wasn’t able to join the military due to medical complications, and wanted to serve those who could.
"I feel that the veterans need to have someone to say thank you for your service, and so this is the way that I can say thank you for your service,” Hively said.
Navy Veteran Homer Percivill rides in the van from Bryan College Station every four months.
"This is great, because you go to a regular hospital, it's like you're treated like everybody else,” Percivill said. “Here, they know you're a veteran, and most of them are veterans, so they understand."
Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license, proof of current insurance, and a safe driving record.
Applicants must also pass a physical examination and background check.
Volunteers are eligible for meals, flu shots and an extensive volunteer recognition program.
For information about becoming a volunteer driver in Killeen, contact the Voluntary Service Office at (254) 743-0515, or (254) 743-0740.