Veterans now offered free transportation to VA medical facilities. This is wonderful news. As a veteran myself, not owning a personal automobile, I often find it problematic to get to medical appointments at the West Haven or Newington VA medical facilities. For example, traveling from Middletown to Newington requires a MAT bus ride to Main Street, a Ct Transit bus to Hartford, and then a transfer on CT Transit to VA Newington. This can take several hours.
Just in time according to Laura Fait reporting at Middletown Patch
St. Luke’s Eldercare Services has initiated a new program, Vets4Vets, which will guarantee that every veteran who requests a ride from our Agency, and who lives in St. Luke’s eight town service area which includes Middletown, Middlefield, Cromwell, Durham, Haddam, East Haddam, East Hampton and Portland, will receive safe, comfortable and reliable free transportation to West Haven or Newington.
St. Luke’s has received a donation from The Executive Auto Group of a seven-passenger van to be used expressly for this purpose. Local veteran groups have agreed to assist this effort by providing volunteer drivers. This free service will also be available to families who wish to accompany the rider for support or to act as “care givers” during long and/or painful procedures.
Call 860-347-5661 for more information or to make a donation to support Vets4Vets.
Pictured left to right are Larry Riley, veteran and St. Luke’s Eldercare Services board member; Scott Orsini of Executive Auto Group, St. Luke's boad member Joseph Santaniello of Attention to Detail; Diane Cummings, executive director of St. Luke’s Eldercare Services; Phil Cacciola, veteran and St. Luke’s Eldercare Services board member; and Bill Currlin, veteran and St. Luke’s Eldercare Services board member. Credit Laura Falt at Middletown Patch
St. Luke's home at 144 Broad St. was established in 1865. The building has 25 apartments for seniors capable of independent living. It is handicapped accessible and subsidized by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. Credit Michael McCune at Middletown Patch
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