New Funding For Disabled Alabama Vets


By Alabama News Network

There's more help coming for veterans in Alabama. 

Extra money has been set aside to help disabled veterans in particular. 
Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey announced $120,000  to renew a program that helps give disabled veterans a ride to VA hospitals.  
Lieutenant Governor Ivey made the announcement at the Disabled American Veterans conference.
The money comes out of the state's general fund budget.
With all the problems at VA hospitals across the country, Ivey says it's important to focus on our servicemen and women.
"Information that has come out of washington about the mismanagement of the VA is unacceptable. We are very fortunate in Alabama to have strong congresspeople, US senators and congressman with loud voices to call into task those that are in charge of the VA because providing needed health care to our veterans is essential," said Ivey.
The transportation program was cut in 2009 because of budget problems.
Last year, volunteers took over six thousand disabled veterans to health centers in Alabama. 
One veteran says he's happy for some good news about the VA. 
"I currently use the Tuskegee VA medical center and I know many veterans that rely on transportation to get back and forth to their appointment so I'm glad to hear that we've been funded," said Robert Boleware.
The state chapter of the Disabled Veterans of America is glad to see a boost in their funding this year. There's already a plan in place for exactly how the money will be used. 
"The money is earmarked to pay for the hospital service coordinators themselves. It will take care of their financial needs. They work 8 hours a day at the VA medical centers and each of the medical centers has a hospital service coordinator so they can coordinate appointments and transportation," said Laird Culver with the DAV of Alabama.

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