More people live with disabilities today than ever before in the U.S. One reason for the changing demographic is the population is aging. Another reason is many more veterans survived recent wars than in previous conflicts, returning home with extreme injuries.
The DAV (Disabled American Veterans) organization operates a fleet of vehicles around the country to for injured and ill veterans to provide free transportation to VA medical facilities. This organization stepped in to help veterans get the care they need when the federal government terminated its program which many used to pay for transportation to and from medical facilities. Volunteers drive the vans, and the almost 190 Hospital Service Coordinators around the country coordinate the rides.