This program is growing in leaps and bounds and additional drivers are needed. If you are interested in providing transportation for local veterans, please contact the Berks County Chapter at (610) 375-4383.
The Red Cross has a long history of serving alongside the military. Beginning in the mid-1800s the organization's founder, Clara Barton, risked her life on Civil War battlefields to tend to fallen soldiers. Over the years, Red Cross services expanded and were no longer limited to active duty personnel. The variety of services offered to veterans continues today.
The Berks County Chapter’s Veterans Transportation Service is a “volunteer driven” program with a hands-on approach. For almost 30 years, we have been providing transportation services to veterans of Berks County for medical appointments. Initially, the program operated on an as-needed basis. Today, the Chapter provides transportation five days a week to the Lebanon Veterans Administration Medical Center.
Since April 1998, a Chapter vehicle has been dedicated for this program, enabling five veterans to be transported each weekday. We now have two vehicles and the capacity to take a minimum of five passengers. With the help of volunteers (who are also veterans), we are able to provide transportation at no cost to the veteran. This is truly a “volunteer driven” program!
Through our program, veterans can access and receive much needed medical care through the VA. This is extremely important to veterans who live on limited or fixed incomes and are without their own means of transportation or funds to access transportation.
This program allows local veterans to be more self-sufficient and maintain their independent living status. The service provides affordable transportation and access to available health care, allowing veterans to use income for basic needs such as food and shelter.