Funds running short to buy new van for vets

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Disabled American Veterans organization is running short on money to buy a new van to take veterans to doctors appointments.

“These are people who most of them are elderly and have no other transportation to get to Indianapolis or Danville,” Commander Jim Kramer said.

It’s a vital four day a week service for veterans needing to travel to medical appointments out of town.

“This is a very important service because these are people who don’t have transportation and can’t get to these doctors appointments without our help,” Kramer said.

However, the miles are racking up on the vehicle owned by the Disabled American Veterans Lafayette Chapter 27 and used by Tippecanoe County veterans services, and the money is running short.

“Its mileage is getting high and for safety sake they like the mileage to be replaced at 150,000 miles,” said Kramer.

Right now, the car being used has about 100,000 miles. In November, Kramer found out they needed to raise $14,000 to buy a new vehicle.

“Right now, like I said, the chapter is sitting on $6,000 worth of donations,” said Kramer. “We need about $8,000 more.”

Kramer said the organization is setting up several fundraisers, but the deadline just around the corner.

“If we don’t meet that by July 1, then we will talk to the DAV Transportation network and see what we can do to either maybe prolong it a little bit or just wait again until next year,” Kramer said.

Kramer said the new car is ready in Indianapolis, but they need the $14,000 to bring it to Tippecanoe County.

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