The Fort Scott Veterans shuttle has been suspended since the onset of the COVID 19 outbreak. This service provided our area Veterans reliable transportation to VA medical appointments in Kansas City, Leavenworth or Topeka. In addition to transporting our local Veterans, we also arranged to pick up Veterans in Pleasanton, Louisburg and Ottawa as there is a lack of public transportation to VA medical appointments in those areas for our Veterans as well.
Volunteer shuttle drivers are being recruited now so we can resume shuttle operations once the COVID restrictions are lifted. Drivers do not have to be Veterans, just someone willing to offer assistance to Veterans.
There is no financial impact on drivers. The shuttle, gas, liability insurance and vehicle are covered by the VA. Also, all Veterans needing appointments must be ambulatory and be able to enter and exit the shuttle without volunteer assistance.
Each volunteer driver is asked to commit two days a month driving Veterans to appointments. Most medical appointments are scheduled between 9 am and 3 pm. All volunteers must pass a VA driver physical in Topeka, which can be scheduled around your availability.
Please contact Shuttle Coordinator Carl Jowers at 620-215-1688 for more information on volunteering as a driver.