More volunteers sought for Veterans Assistance Commission program

The Madison County Record Nov. 11, 2011, 12:45am

The Madison County Veterans' Assistance Commission and the Disabled American Veterans are hoping to recruit drivers for a program that transports veterans to medical appointments.

In the last two years, nearly 1,000 veterans have been served through the program.

Drivers for the program are comprised of veterans and disabled veterans. Combined, they have logged 720 volunteer hours and more than 30,000 miles.

Volunteers include Bill Stiegemeier, a veteran from World War II, who has been volunteer driving for 26 years, John "Jack" Perrone, Jerry Keel, Greg Breden, Tom Erwin, Virgil Pitchford, Vernon Timcke and Joe Kostecki.

"It's an extraordinary accomplishment by a dedicated few," said Bradley Lavite, superintendant of the Madison County Veterans' Assistance Commission.

The Madison County Veterans' Treatment Court was one of the first in the country and has been nationally recognized.

"Our hope is as this program expands, transportation will be provided for veterans who are part of our Madison County Veterans' Treatment Court," said Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis.

For more information on becoming a volunteer driver, contact the Madison County Veterans' Assistance Commission at 618-692-7040 ext. 4554.

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