Woodville - Volunteer drivers have put in thousands of hours over the last few years transporting veterans to Houston. While there is a van available for the long drive, someone has to drive that van. And many of these volunteers make the trip several times a week. Last week past and current drivers were honored a meal, and presented plaques and certificates for their selfless work.
Special plaques were awarded to Rosie Keef for 10 years of service for a total of 1,324 volunteer hours, Lewis Dehaven for 2,961 volunteer hours and seven years of service, and Melvin Young for 2,448 volunteer hours and six years of service. Also recognized were Ron Keef, Raymond Knight, H.K. Pitts, Scott Mitchell, Bill Stevens, B.A. Smith, Frankie Rogers, Georgia Adineh, Ken Weaver, Wanda Copes, Joe McIntyre, Steven Parker, Cheryl Frith, Robert Brandin, Marvin Katzan, Alisha Reynolds, Dave Bordelon, Ken Horton and Fred Reinemeyer (posthumously).
These individuals served the veterans over the last three years. Some are very new, and some can no longer serve. Without their dedication and commitment, many of our veterans would not have access to any medical care. They serve those who have served our country.
Unfortunately, half of the drivers from the last three years can no longer commit due to circumstances in their own lives; yet, the need for drivers continues. More drivers are needed. If you would volunteer, no special drivers license is needed and you do not need to be a veteran. You drive only when it is convenient for you. Mary Moye works with the drivers to accommodate their availability. If you are interested in helping these veterans, you can contact Mary at (409) 283-3751 between 8 a.m. and 12 noon, Monday through Friday.