Our Nation’s heroes travel around the globe to protect our freedoms. It’s only right that we return their dedication.

Volunteering to drive a veteran ensures that even those living remotely from VA Hospitals can make their appointments and never go without the treatment they need.

It’s all part of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Transportation Network, administered by our Hospital Service Coordinators at the VA’s 172 medical facilities.

In the spring of 1987, the Veterans Administration (VA) stopped reimbursing veterans for the costs of transportation to and from the VA medical centers. The move was made necessary by congressional budget cuts which left thousands of war veterans left stranded and cut off from proper medical care. Many were seeking treatment for service-connected disabilities. Nearly all of the rest were poor and had no other health care resources to depend on.

Immediately upon hearing of the benefit cuts, the DAV began organizing a nationwide transportation network. There are Hospital Service Coordinators (HSCs) covering transportation programs at more than 172 VA medical facilities. These DAV HSCs assemble corps of volunteer drivers and match them up with disabled veterans’ hospital transportation requests, providing nearly 500,000 rides to veterans annually.

The DAV Transportation Network of Southern Nevada is managed by the HSC located at 6900 N. Pecos Rd, North Las Vegas, NV 89086.

DAV vehicles are stationed in Las Vegas, Henderson, Laughlin, Mesquite and Pahrump and are maintained by the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System.

The DAV vehicles are operated by volunteers who come under the DAV Department of Veterans Voluntary Service. We greatly appreciate each and every volunteer’s dedication and tireless efforts for their outstanding contributions which have enabled the program to continue to operate and to complete its mission at the highest level of satisfaction. We are proud to recognize their personal sacrifice and wish to express our sincere appreciation for their selfless support to the DAV mission.

Harold Straley