New golf carts needed to help transport veterans at VA clinic
New golf carts needed to help transport veterans at VA clinic


HIGH ROBERT:THEY’VE GIVEN SO MUCH TO THIS COUNTRY.. AND NOW THERE’S A WAY WE CAN HELP LOCAL VETERANS IN RETURN. SYDNEY:VOLUNTEERS ARE RAISING MONEY FOR A NEW GOLF CART FOR AUSTIN’S V-A OUTPATIENT CLINIC. ROBERT:KXAN’S CANDY RODRIGUEZ EXPLAINS WHY THIS SIMPLE GIFT, COULD MEAN THE WORLD TO PEOPLE WHO’VE ALREADY SACRIFICED SO MUCH.THE VA CLINIC… ARE YOU GOING IN? DO YOU NEED A RIDE? YOU’VE PROBABLY NOTICED A GOLF CART ROAMING UP AND DOWN THE AISLE OF CARS.RICH CONNELL/VETERAN VOLUNTEER: “01;18;45 WE HAVE A LOT OF VETERANS WITH MOBILITY, MEDICAL MOBILITY ISSUES AND THEY JUST ABSOLUTELY APPRECIATE IT.”WITH MORE THAN 1,500 PARKING SPACES AND AROUND 250 OF THOSE BEING HANDICAP…SOME VETERANS SAY A RIDE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THURMAN & NADYNE GARTMAN/VISITS VA CLINIC: “EVERY TIME WE COME AND THE CART’S AVAILABLE, WE TAKE IT.” BUT THE CARTS ARE FREQUENTLY IN AND OUT OF SERVICE FOR MAINTENANCE.BEATRICE & SANTIAGO VALDEZ/VISITS VA CLINIC: “IT’S ROUGH, IT’S ROUGH, ESPECIALLY IN THIS HEAT, IT’S ROUGH.”THURMAN GARTMAN/VETERAN: “I LOOKED FOR IT THIS MORNING AND SAID WHERE’S THE BUGGY? I DON’T SEE NOTHING BUT CARS UP THROUGH THERE.”THAT’S WHY VOLUNTEERS HAVE TAKEN IT UP THEMSELVES TO RAISE MONEY FOR A NEW ONE.KATE GREENE/VOLUNTEER: “01;41;01 THE GOLF CARTS WOULDN’T BE WORKING AND THE VETERANS WOULD BE STUCK WALKING WHICH IS DIFFICULT IN THE COLD AND EVEN MORE IN THE SUMMER MONTHS SO IT’S DISAPPOINTING TO SAY THE LEAST.”EVERY YEAR, THE CLINIC SERVES 50,000 VETERANS AND THAT NUMBER IS GROWING… BEATRICE & SANTIAGO VALDEZ/VISITS VA CLINIC: “IT GET’S KIND OF HECTIC LOT OF US GOING BACK-AND-FORTH AND WE DO NEED THE CART A LOT.”NOW, THEY’RE HOPEFUL THEY’LL GET TO RIDE IN A NEW GOLF CART DURING THEIR NEXT VISIT. IN AUSTIN, CANDY KXAN NEWS ROBERT:V-A OFFICIALS SAY THEY WERE LOOKING AT NEXT YEAR’S BUDGET FOR FUNDS.BUT VOLUNTEERS SAY THE VETERANS NEED IT NOW.THEY ARE ALSO LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO DRIVE THE CARTS..SO FAR AN ONLINE CAMPAIGN HAS RAISED 11- THOUSAND-700 DOLLARS..THEIR GOAL IS 20-THOUSAND.IF YOU’D LIKE TO HELP – WE’VE POSTED A LINK THIS STORY- ON KXAN DOT

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