Helping Vets Connect with Health Care in Texoma

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As any North Texas military veteran knows, getting to a scheduled appointment at one of the region’s Veterans Administration medical facilities is difficult at best, if personal transportation is an issue.

Even for those vets with private transportation, sometimes illness or disability makes driving impossible. TAPS Public Transit is working with the State of Texas and the Veterans Administration to develop a better way to get vets to their appointments.

VA SurveyTAPS Director of Mobility Management and Community Relations, Barbara Reeves, says the very first step to creating a solution is to assess the need.

“If we are going to ask the government to support a broadened and improved public transportation system for helping vets get where they need to go, then we need good information on the demand for services among the veteran population,” said Reeves. At the moment the project is focused on Cooke, Fannin and Grayson counties in North Texas.

Over the last few weeks TAPS has been reaching out to community and veterans organizations, asking for feedback. Thousands of surveys have been mailed and delivered in bulk across the targeted counties.

Local News CoverageCharles Holcomb, President of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 973 in Sherman said the survey provides support for an expanded public transportation program designed to help vets get access to medical care.

“My message to area vets would be that participation in this survey is an important step in getting funding for better transportation. If you have to go to the Fort Worth or Dallas VA Medical Centers that can be a grueling experience. Just finding a parking space and getting to the right building is stressful enough. Add sickness or a disability and the task can be overwhelming,” said Holcomb.

Printed copies of the survey are available at many locations in Cooke, Fannin and Grayson counties or one can be requested by calling (903) 328-2119.