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      Veterans Homes Across Nebraska Receive New Accessible Vans

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      Four new vans were delivered Wednesday to veterans homes in Norfolk, Bellevue and Grand Island.

      The Veterans of Foreign Wars gave a nearly $27,000 contribution to help purchase the vans, which meet requirements from the Americans With Disabilities Act. The VFW applied for the funding to buy the vans and matched funds as well to make the purchase.

      "I want to thank the VFW for their generosity in helping acquire newbuses for our veterans homes," said Lt. Gov. Sheehy. "Our veterans groupssupport our military personnel and our veterans in many ways. This is justanother great example of their outstanding work."

      The smaller, more efficient vans are equipped to provide safetransportation for seated and wheelchair passengers and any staff needed toaccompany veterans for medical appointments and other community excursions.

      Nebraska VFW Adjutant John Liebsack said, "This has been a two yearproject and we're so pleased to contribute something that has an impact on thedaily lives of veterans at the state's veterans homes."

      Each van cost $33,750 for a total of $135,000. The Nebraska VFW provided20 percent of the total, with 80 percent coming from the state's share offederal funding for a program helping private, non-profit entities purchasevehicles to aid in the transportation of persons with disabilities and theelderly.

      John Hilgert, Director of the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs andthe Division of Veterans Homes in the Nebraska Department of Health and HumanServices, said, "These vehicles will help veterans to go to doctor'sappointments and make trips to the VA hospital. They will also allow themto go on outings and attend events of interest to them."

      The funding for the program comes from the Federal Transit Administrationand is administered by the Nebraska Department of Roads.

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