I am Edwin B. Allison, commander of the DAV, Frank L. Bradford Chapter 18 of Marshall County, formerly of Arab.
As such, I am also the manager of the 12-passenger van used to transport veterans from the VA Clinic in Guntersville to the Birmingham VA Medical Center for their appointments and return home.
The van normally runs Monday through Friday and on an occasional Saturday.
Normally, we are always looking for new drivers to operate the van. However, we are now facing a shortage that could force us to shut down or run a limited schedule.
Either case will be detrimental to veterans receiving the medical care they desperately need. You do not have to be a DAV member to drive.
Anyone can volunteer to drive as long as they have a good motor vehicle record and have a clean criminal record.
We do background checks on volunteers to ensure they are safe drivers. For insurance purposes, anyone with an “at fault” accident or excessive speeding ticket in the past five years will be disqualified from driving.
The five-year requirement is due to our having to maintain commercial insurance. If you are in doubt on a speeding ticket, the insurance company can verify if they will accept it or not.
Once cleared to drive, volunteers must be available for training, including a road test to Birmingham and back before being added to the drivers’ schedule.
In closing, if you are able to drive the van please call me as soon as possible so we can get you cleared and trained.
Edwin B. Allison