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DAV MN will make vans available for volunteers to transport veterans

Transportation available for veterans in Washington County. Submitted photo

Veterans in Washington County will soon have two vans, provided by the Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota, that will be used by volunteers to transport military veterans to Veterans Affairs medical facilities for free.

The Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System provides for the health care needs of veterans in Minnesota. DAV MN is a nonprofit charity and veterans service organization that provides lifetime support for veterans and their families.

In a joint partnership, these two organizations have teamed up to enhance the quality of life for veterans living in Washington County. DAV MN operates a fleet of vehicles to provide free transportation to VA medical facilities. The fleet vehicles are operated by DAV MN volunteers, but are owned and maintained by MVAHCS.

The Washington County Board of Commissioners recently agreed to provide 24-hour access to one parking space at the Washington County Government Center in Stillwater and one parking space at the Headwaters Transit Center in Forest Lake for VA transportation volunteers to park the vans and to park the volunteer's personal vehicle when the van is in use.

Washington County Veterans Services, DAV MN and MVAHCS are seeking volunteers to operate the vehicles that will be parked in both Forest Lake and Stillwater. For additional information or to volunteer, call the DAV MN at 612-467-2768.