When not on the road to the VA Hospital in Birmingham, the DAV van is kept at the Guntersville Police Department.

Marshall County DAV Chapter 18 operates a van and transports veterans to the VA Hospital in Birmingham 5 days a week.

“It’s operated by volunteer drivers,” said Jim Gibson, one of the drivers. “We have 12 drivers on the books.”

Some of the drivers are getting a little older and they could always use a few more drivers, Gibson said.

“We go every day that there’s an appointment,” Gibson said. “I’ve transported as few as one and as many as 6. We leave 2 hours before the first appointment and we come home as soon as the last appointment is finished.”

Spouses and caregivers are welcome to ride if there’s room.

“Caregivers like to be there for the appointments so they can hear about medications, follow-up treatment and that sort of thing,” Gibson said.

It is a 151-mile round trip from Guntersville to Birmingham. The DAV chapter is on its 2nd van. This one is 2-years-old and has 104,000 miles on it.

It’s a 9-passenger van.

Donations cover the cost of operating the van.

“I’m really proud of the Warrenton community,” Gibson said. “Many of the businesses out there gave $100 each to help us.”

The DAV holds a golf tournament every September. The proceeds go to support the van program.

“Sponsors have been very good to us,” Gibson said.

People who would like more information on the van program, how to get a ride to the VA or how to support the program can call DAV Chapter commander Edwin Allison at 256-572-9106.

The DAV meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 6 p.m. for a potluck dinner and meeting at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany.

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