Special to the Register & Bee

Southern Area Agency on Aging’s mobility management department and Charis Transportation are expanding non-emergency medical transportation to veterans living in the Danville area.

The program, Miles 4 Vets, provides free, door-to-door service with a wheelchair accessible vehicle for veterans who do not have access to transportation and do not qualify for medical transportation under Medicaid.

Currently the program provides weekly trips for Martinsville and Henry County veterans to the Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Danville and to the Salem VA Medical Center.

The new route started last month and will run the last Monday of every month, with the exception of holidays and inclement weather. It will pick up vets living in the city of Danville and Pittsylvania County along U.S. 58 toward Martinsville. Appointments with the VA need to be scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and rides must be scheduled one week in advance.

The Mobility Management Department and Miles 4 Vets program is funded by a grant from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.

For more information, contact Mandy Folman, mobility manager, at (276) 632-6442 or mfolman@southernaaa.org, or visit the program’s website at www.mile1.net.

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