The Battle Creek VA Medical Center is recruiting new volunteers in the Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, and Niles, Michigan area to transport Veterans to Battle Creek for their medical appointments.
For the past year, Retired Michigan State Trooper Mindi Logan, of Benton Harbor, has been making the drive from Benton Harbor to Battle Creek twice a month to fulfill a personal duty.
Having served the public, and with family in the military dating back to her great-grandparents serving in World War One, Mindi drives the Disabled American Veterans van transporting Veterans to and from appointments.
"I love it!," said Mindi. "It's fulfilling, and I get to talk to Veterans and learn of their experiences and what it is they do now."
The volunteer process starts the day before driving with the receipt of a manifest sent via e-mail. A typical route includes two stops to assist Veterans. A schedule is kept, and volunteer hours are logged. Most days average three to four hours as volunteers standby while Veterans receive care.
A van is provided for the drivers, and this would take place during the weekdays. Volunteers must complete an orientation, background check, physical, TB test, training videos, and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccine, driver's license, and auto insurance. CDL is not required but is always welcome.
"It's a fun and easy van to drive," added Mindi. "You learn a lot of new perspectives assisting Veterans and learning just how it is they see the world."
For more information, contact the Battle Creek VA Medical Center's Community and Volunteer Service at (269) 223-5497.