South Hill fundraiser to help DAV get new vans | News
Spokane's VA Medical Center offers many helpful services to our area's veterans, but sometimes just getting there to use them can be a problem.
If you've served in the military, you shouldn't have to worry about something as basic as trying to get to your medical appointments. That's where the Disabled American Veterans come in.
"We're picking up veterans that are 100 years old, World War II veterans, all the way down to our current war," Maynard Hill, commander of Chapter 6 of the DAV said.
DAV Chapter 6 helps hundred of area veterans from Deer Park to Cheney and all points in between get to their doctor's appointments every month. The vans they use to transport those vets are their lifeline; a lifeline that could soon be cut off.
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"If we lose these vans, if we cannot replace them, you're talking about several hundred people that are going to be missing appointments for PTSD, they're going to be missing appointments for diabetes," volunteer van driver Steve Moles said.
They're now on a mission to buy three new vans and, fortunately for them, a local business owner found them at just the right time.
"My business partner and I, we were looking at doing a fundraiser, I found these guys, the local Chapter 6 and I called them up and said 'Can we help?' And they said this is perfect timing 'cause we need new vans," Michael Noble, owner of Waddell's Pub and Grill on the South Hill said.
"I was thinking man we need to do something with this and I just had a thing go through my brain, let's put a kegtoon pontoon, a pontoon made out of kegs and put a tent on there stay out there for all week," Noble said.
The DAV hopes Noble's creativity will bring attention and some much-needed money to help replace those vans.
"I'm gonna be staying out there for a whole week to bring awareness to this cause and we're hoping to get a lot of donations, people can come down we're going to have live music, we're gonna have beer and food specials, we're just gonna bring awareness to this 'cause it's a much needed thing," Noble said.
With the community's help area veterans will continue to have transportation to get the services they need at the VAMC.
The week-long event, which kicks off Friday evening, will be streamed live online where you can also donate to the cause. For more information, check out the Vans for Vets Facebook page.