Drivers sought for Westmoreland veterans’ ride program
The county program that provides free rides for Westmoreland County veterans who need to travel to medical appointments in Allegheny County is looking to expand.
Matt Zamosky, director of the Westmoreland County Office of Veterans Affairs, said Monday that more volunteer drivers are needed to enable more veterans to benefit from the free rides.
“I don’t think there is a single program in our county that benefits more veterans,” Zamosky said.
The program served about 1,700 veterans last year, he said.
The county operates two vans as part of its Disabled American Veterans Program.
One van provides morning rides five days a week to veterans in the central part of the county. A second operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the northern portion of the county.
Zamosky said about 32 veterans a week are driven to medical appointments.
Last month, the county purchased a new 10-passenger van from money it received via a $15,000 private donation. A second, six-passenger van also is in operation.
Zamosky said there are five volunteers who drive those vans. More are needed to allow more than the current seven weekly trips to Department of Veterans Affairs facilities in Oakland and O’Hara.
“Ideally, we could operate the second van five days a week and could operate in the afternoons if we had more drivers,” Zamosky said.
Potential volunteer drivers can contact Zamosky at 724-830-3530.
Veterans seeking to schedule rides can do so at the same number.
Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.