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New service offers free rides for vets


The Alamo Area Council of Governments' (AACOG) "Alamo Call-A-Ride 4 Vets," a free ride program, supports veteran and veteran family members in the Alamo community. As transportation can be a challenging barrier for many veterans, spouses, and veteran widows and widowers in accessing benefits and services in the Alamo region, AACOG has partnered with the Texas Veterans Commission to provide free rides to veterans and their immediate family members.
The program is available to veterans (of any age and income) and their spouses throughout the 13-county AACOG Region, which includes Bandera County. The rides can be used for a variety of purposes - grocery shopping, medical appointments, prescription pick-ups, visiting government offices, job interviews, or to visit a friend or relative. Five to seven days' notice is normally required to schedule rides after registering.
Donna Teall, a United States Air Force Veteran and the Veteran Lead Specialist for the program states, "We also get questions about why veterans should register if a veteran has a car and doesn't need rides. Veterans who register can then donate their unused rides to fellow vets! Also, they may need transportation in the future. Registering allows riders to easily utilize the ride program when other transportation (car breakdown, relative out of town, etc.) is not available. There are no forms to fill out and the registration process is very easy!"
For more information, email vetrides@askasc.org or call: Toll-free (800) 960-5201.
The "Alamo Call-A-Ride 4 Vets" program goal is to provide 3,000 veterans and family members with transportation and other benefit assistance throughout the AACOG 13-county region.