Due to the lack of available, reliable, affordable transportation, many veterans of all ages find themselves in the unfortunate situation of not being able to access the excellent medical care provided by the Veterans’ Administration.
A recent study of veterans’ needs indicated that together with affordable housing and employment, reliable transportation was identified as a leading priority.
St. Luke’s Eldercare Services has initiated a new program, Vets4Vets, which will guarantee that every veteran who requests a ride from our Agency, and who lives in St. Luke’s eight town service area which includes Middletown, Middlefield, Cromwell, Durham, Haddam, East Haddam, East Hampton and Portland, will receive safe, comfortable and reliable free transportation to West Haven or Newington.
St. Luke’s has received a donation from The Executive Auto Group of a seven-passenger van to be used expressly for this purpose. Local veteran groups have agreed to assist this effort by providing volunteer drivers. This free service will also be available to families who wish to accompany the rider for support or to act as “care givers” during long and/or painful procedures.
“It’s St. Luke’s way of saying thank you to the troops that have given so much to this country,” according to Executive Director Diane Cummings. Call 860-347-5661 for more information or to make a donation to support Vets4Vets.
A special thank you to the following supporters of the Vets4Vets Program: The Executive Auto Group, Attention to Detail, Middlesex United Way, VFW Post 583, & Elks Lodge 771.