Veterans Benefiting from Transportation Unit

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - Juan Jose Gomez is on his way to his doctor’s appointment. He is taking advantage of the Veterans transportation service, to get there. Gomez doesn't have a driver’s license and used to have to take the bus.

"It's excellent for people like me my age. I'm an 84-year-old man. Those buses, they'll never be counting on it because they are always late."

Jose Gamez is a disabled veteran. Before the van service was offered, his son Richard, would take him to his appointments. But Richard's truck isn't handicapped equip.

"The vehicles that we do utilize, is very hard for him to get on the vehicle and get off the vehicle. It's very hard for him and we found out through the veterans that there was this program and we started utilizing it to make it easier for my father of course and all of us."

Webb County started the program, in February, with a $75,000 grant from the Texas Veterans Commission. That money was used to lease the handicapped accessible van and hire a two people. The grant covers the service for a year, but Gomez hopes it will be around longer.

"It's working out real good because here I am and I know I'm going to get there on time."

About 90 veterans currently use this transportation service. The county will look into making the system permanent when they start talking about next years budget. This system has also provided jobs to two veterans; One serves as the transportation coordinator, the other is the driver.

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