By Terrie Casey, Chief, Voluntary Service, VA Montana Health Care
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
Many communities recognize our Veterans every year on Veterans Day by holding parades or flag raising ceremonies. I would like to offer an opportunity to recognize and serve our Nation’s Veterans every day.
In Montana, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) donate vehicles to the Veterans Health Administration (VA). These vehicles are used to transport Veterans, who have no other means of transportation, to and from VA approved appointments. Volunteers from across the state of Montana drive through all conditions to help Veterans receive the care they have earned.
VA Montana, in conjunction with DAV, needs more volunteer drivers. Many of our volunteers are Veterans, who want to give back to their brothers and sisters. We also have volunteers who haven’t served in the armed forces, but want to help those who gave so much to our country. Veterans who ride DAV vans are so appreciative that someone cares enough to donate their time so they can travel safely to their appointments.
We welcome licensed drivers, over 18 years old, who are interested in this program to contact Voluntary Service, VA Montana Health Care, at 406-447-7345 to receive more information.
Let us remember and serve our Veterans not only on Veterans Day, but every day.