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May 26, 2004

New Van Service Available for County Veterans

Oswego County veterans now have a van service to bring them to medical appointments at the VA Clinic in Minetto.

The Disabled American Veterans, along with other veterans' groups in Oswego County, recently purchased a new Ford van that will be able to transport veterans to the clinic on the Seneca Hill medical campus. The service is free for veterans.

"Having a VA clinic in Oswego County is a great benefit for our veterans who no longer have to travel to the VA Medical Center in Syracuse for all their health care services. Having a van to transport veterans who are ambulatory will make it much easier to access those health care services," said Michael Cloonan, director of the Oswego County Veterans Service Agency.

Veterans groups across Oswego County were involved in raising money for the van, said Legislator Carl Rusaw, District 11, Volney, chairman of the Human Resources Committee.

"I congratulate the veterans," said Legislator Rusaw. "Groups such as the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Oswego and Fulton Veterans' Councils also donated, along with private citizens."

The van will make it easier for veterans who are lacking transportation to schedule and keep their appointments at the clinic.

To schedule an appointment for van pick-up, call the DAV clinic transport at 343-6214, Monday through Friday during business hours. A 48-hour notice is required. Veterans will need to provide their name, address, and time of clinic appointment.

Volunteer drivers are also needed to keep the van operating, said Chuck Chatraw, van coordinator. "We have some dedicated volunteers, but we can always use more to help provide this service to our veterans, " he said. People who are interested in volunteering should call 343-6214.

The Legislature's Human Resources Committee oversees the County Veterans Service Agency. In addition to Legislator Rusaw, the committee includes James Bryant, District 5, Constantia; Arthur Gearsbeck, District 6, West Monroe and Hastings; Douglas Malone, District 20, Town of Oswego; and Paul Santore, District 16, Oswego.

For more information on veterans services, call the Oswego County Veterans Services Agency, phone 591-9100, or visit the office at the County Branch Office building, 200 N. Second St., Fulton.

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