Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
New Veterans Transportation Service Begins March 1
February 23, 2011
On March 1, the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center (JCMVAMC) will begin the Veterans Transportation Service (VTS), a new pilot program which will provide transportation for Veterans with special needs and Veterans who don’t have transportation to and from their outpatient appointments.
All Veterans enrolled at the medical center are eligible for the VTS, but top priority will be given to Veterans with disabilities, wheel-chair bound, cancer patients, and those who are at a high risk for suicide.
“Some of our Veterans have difficulty getting to their appointments due to lack of transportation or due to a medical condition,” said Mindy Underwood, Administrative Officer for the VTS. “This new program will help ensure our Veterans get the care they need and deserve and help reduce barriers for Veterans to get to and from their outpatient appointments.”
The medical center will utilize six passenger vans, while the Vinita VA Outpatient Clinic and Hartshorne VA Outpatient Clinic will each utilize one passenger van.
Veterans can schedule transportation through their VA primary care provider or by calling the VTS call center at 918-577-3500 or toll free at 877-905-4538.
JCMVAMC is one of four VA’s chosen to pilot this new program. In the next couple of months, the program will be offered at 22 other VA’s and will be VA-wide by 2015.