Grants from VA Will Expand Transportation to Clinics for Vets in Rural Areas
One of the challenges veterans living in rural areas face is gaining access to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system. Most VA hospitals and clinics are located in urban or suburban areas with larger populations, leaving those vets in highly rural areas with no option except to travel long distances to seek health care.
Last year, the VA began accepting applications from state Veterans Service Agencies (SVSAs) and Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) that serve rural areas with large populations of veterans in need of health care. This July, seven grants, totaling $815,051.50, were awarded to SVSAs and VSOs in the following areas:
- North Dakota
- South Dakota;
- Texas; and
- Washington (state).
The grants aim to allow the organizations operate or contract transportation services to assist veterans to travel to and from VA hospitals and clinics.
The VA has made expansion of services to rural veterans a priority over the last few years as more veterans return to homes that are outside major metro areas. The Telehealth system brings veterans and doctors together with mobile video conference vans, but many types of diagnostics and treatments must be done at a clinic or hospital. VA officials hope that by partnering with the local SVSAs and VSOs they can ensure all veterans have the opportunity to utilize the VA’s free health care facilities without additional cost for transportation.
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