Clear Path Southern Tier partners with GetThere for Veteran transportation program

A few years ago, Binghamton’s GetThere Call Center received a call from a Veteran living in Candor. He needed assistance finding transportation to Binghamton three times a week for dialysis. The drive in both directions and treatment meant a driver dedication of about seven hours for each treatment. The challenge: most counties’ public transit operators are incredibly resistant to crossing into each other’s “territories.”

The Rural Health Network of South Central New York, Inc. (RHNSCNY), whose mission is to advance the health and well-being of rural people and communities, operates Mobility Management, an initiative featuring the GetThere Call Center for residents of Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Tioga counties. It was created to solve issues exactly like that which the Veteran faced.

Now GetThere has partnered with Clear Path for Veterans Southern Tier for VetThere to assist Veterans in Broome and Chenango counties with transportation to their various health-related appointments.  On March 28, GetThere and Clear Path will host an informational session in the second floor Exhibit Room at the Broome County Library, 185 Court St., Binghamton. This session, which runs 2-4 p.m., will discuss how Veterans can be a part of this new program to assist their fellow Veterans.

If you have a vehicle, current driver’s license, car insurance and active vehicle registration, you can be a part of this unique transportation opportunity.

“Veteran volunteers who are ready, willing and able to assist with transporting their fellow Veterans are needed,” said Clear Path for Veterans Peer Support Manager Venecia DeRoose. “This exciting new program fits in perfectly with Clear Path’s holistic approach to addressing all the needs of our Veteran population. We have seen first-hand this immediate need and we are proud to partner with GetThere to launch this new program.”

Volunteers will be reimbursed for their mileage, and training will be provided.

For questions about the informational session, contact DeRoose at (413) 464-3407 or the Getthere Call Center at (855) 373-4040; if you are interested in becoming a driver and cannot attend the session, email DeRoose at Venecia@ClearPathForVets.com for more details.