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Coronavirus hampers DAV

The Warren Voluntary Driver Association (DAV) is asking for drivers during this pandemic for obvious reasons.

We are entering a time when our office will be overwhelmed with supplying drivers for all the necessary trips,” said Larry Neal, office manager. “Because of age or physical conditions, some of our drivers are hesitant to drive for fear of contacting this coronavirus.”

If you are interested in driving a DAV van, call the office at (814) 723-1529. Someone is usually there daily from 9 a.m. to noon.

“In 2019, our team volunteered over 4,000 hours and drove over 82,000 miles transporting over 700 veterans to their VA appointments,” said Neal. “As volunteers, we accept no wages, but we welcome your donations and contributions to assist in the purchase of a new vehicle and to pay office expenses.”

Donations may be sent to the Warren Voluntary Drivers Association, 210 North Drive, Warren, PA 16365. You may also make donations to DAV Chapter 75 at the same address.

“For almost 15 years, DAV vans have been purchased by Warren County Disabled American Veterans Chapter 75 and driven by members of the Warren Voluntary Driver Association, doing business as ‘DAV Transportation Office,'” said Neal.

“The more than 20 members of the Warren Voluntary Driver Association wish to thank those businesses in the Warren area who continually strive to have our three vans ready when needed,” said Neal. “We particularly want to thank Mike Crone and his team at Warren Glass for installing a protective screen to help alleviate driver concerns caused by COVID-19. It was the final step we have undertaken in protecting riders and drivers from this deadly virus.

“You might notice that our vehicles have recently been purchased through Ed Shults Dodge/Subaru and we thank them for their generosity,” said Neal. “Corky Fry and his team at Warren Tire have always treated us kindly and worked hard to keep our vans as drivable and clean as possible. Midtown Motors has serviced our vehicles for many years and we can always count on them to provide timely service with pick-up and delivery when necessary. There are other businesses in the area which have generously provided services or donated of their time and we thank them all.”

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