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Veterans face a lot of challenges. As they return to civilian life, Veterans can struggle to find a job, get healthcare or build community. Without reliable transportation, these challenges can feel impossible to overcome. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation and the VA, about 9% of Veterans rely on public transportation. To make the lives of those Veterans a little easier, Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, founded Operation Transportation.
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, partners with local transit authorities to provide free bus passes to Veterans through a program called Operation Transportation. The program started in our firm’s hometown of Parkersburg, West Virginia. Working with the Mid Ohio Valley Transportation Authority (MOVTA), Parkersburg area Veterans can get a 30-day bus pass for free.
In the past year, we have provided nearly 7,000 free rides to Veterans.
Community involvement is one of our core values, and we are committed to touching the lives of as many Veterans as possible. It’s the least we can do for the brave citizens who fought for our country. That’s why we are proud to announce that Operation Transportation is coming to Charleston, West Virginia starting Friday, September 22.
Our firm serves clients nationwide, and we have several physical locations around West Virginia: Parkersburg, Logan, Beckley, Huntington and Charleston. We also have an office in Charlotte, NC. With more than 2,500 Veterans in the area, the firm’s hometown of Parkersburg was the perfect location to launch Operation Transportation.
After five successful years of Operation Transportation in Parkersburg, we began looking for opportunities to expand. Our friends at MOVTA connected us with the transit authority that serves Charleston, WV — the Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority (KRT). KRT jumped at the opportunity to support Veterans, and we began to lay the groundwork for expansion.
“KRT is excited to partner with Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, for Operation Transportation by fostering reliable transportation for Veterans. We are proud to play a role in this meaningful initiative for our local Veterans. KRT looks forward to the success of this partnership and the profound impact of Operation Transportation for local Veterans throughout communities in Kanawha County,” says Kelsey Harrah, communications director at KRT.
Starting Friday, September 22, Veterans in Charleston will be able to get free 31-day bus passes at the Kanawha Valley Regional Transportation Authority through Operation Transportation. We are so excited to bring free transportation to a new group of Veterans!
All Veterans in Parkersburg and Charleston need to do is go to the local transit authority and present their military IDs. The transit authority will then issue a month-long bus pass for free. When that pass expires, Veterans can come back to the transit authority office and request a new one. There is no limit on how many passes a Veteran can get.
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We hear about the barriers our Veterans face every day as we fight for the benefits they deserve. For Veterans in Parkersburg and Charleston, finding reliable transportation will come a little easier thanks to Operation Transportation.
For the latest news about Operation Transportation, follow us on Facebook. We’re just getting started with this program, and we look forward to supporting as many Veterans as possible.
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law