Veterans Affairs seek support from Victoria County
April 14, 2014 at 3:04 p.m.
Updated April 13, 2014 at 11:14 p.m.
• Changed polling location in Precinct 16 to 1499 San Antonio River Road
• Appointed Dr. Peter B. Riesz to the Victoria City-County Health Department Board
• Approved $33,575 proposal for regional medical operations center in connection with the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Grant
Drivers are in high demand for Victoria veterans seeking medical treatments in San Antonio.
Veterans Affairs staff turned Monday to the county commissioners court for a partnership in support of finding volunteer drivers.
County Judge Don Pozzi, a Vietnam veteran, would not promise financial support but said he would personally support the VA in finding drivers.
Deborah Ramirez, an administrative officer at Veterans Affairs in Victoria, said there are no federal funds to solve their problem.
"In the past, we have been fortunate enough to have 13 drivers," she said. "We are down to two."
The Victoria outpatient clinic, which has been open 25 years in Victoria, offers primary care, mental health, nutrition, podiatry and social work services to eligible veterans. However, some services veterans need are only offered two hours away.
Ramirez said volunteers would make the trip three times weekly, but now, they are fortunate if the van makes it twice a month to San Antonio.
A proposal for a veterans' center in Victoria could address the transportation issue, Commissioner Danny Garcia said.
"Anything I can do on my part, I'm willing to do to help," Garcia said. "One of the things they will work on if this center comes to fruition is to provide transportation."