March 28, 2019
GREAT FALLS – The group Disabled American Veterans of Great Falls needs to replace some vehicles that help veterans make their appointments.
The DAV volunteer transportation network provides free rides to all veterans to their VA-approved medical appointments.
“We want to make sure that the veterans have safe transportation. All of our drivers are volunteers and with the quantity of veterans we transport on a daily basis, the need is tremendous. Not just for safe transportation, but to have a transportation point,” DAV National 3rd Jr. Vice Commander Joe Parsetich said.
Parsetich said the DAV Chapter 2 in Great Falls has to take two vehicles out of service for safety reasons.
Both vehicles are approaching 200,000 miles and have damage that’s too expensive to repair.
“Right now each vehicle costs a local chapter approximately $17,000. The national [chapter] then matches and we are able to buy from the manufacturers at dealers cost,” Parsetich said.
Parsetich is asking for the public’s help in raising the funds to replace the vehicles. They are holding a fundraiser Friday, March 29 at Super 1 Foods from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Reporting by Margaret DeMarco for MTN News