Veterans transportation program lacks volunteers

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INDEPENDENCE (WSLS10) - One man in Grayson County wants to get more volunteers to help veterans.

Retired Army Veteran Frank Caudell served during the Vietnam War.

After he served, he returned home to the town of Mouth of Wilson and started getting treatment at the Salem VA Medical Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder since 2005.

Caudell and other veterans would take a free van service from Galax to Salem.

After nearly a decade, Caudell said the service stopped in late October of last year.

"It doesn't seem right, I mean every little old town just has some type of bus system or transit system," Caudell said.

Caudell saud there are not enough volunteer drivers and said now he has no way of getting to the VA for medical treatment.

"We need a way back and forth to the VA when we need to go, we need somebody to step up and drive the vans," Caudell said.

Caudell's brother in law had been taking him to the VA to fill the void, but that's no longer an option since he recently had a heart attack.

The Salem VA had published several adds in the local paper looking volunteer drivers.

Representatives from VA said they are finalizing the paperwork to get a volunteer ready.