10-15 Transit Director Speaks Out Regarding Veteran Services

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The Director of 10-15 Transit shed some light on posts circulating social media earlier this week regarding area veterans.

Jay Allison tells Ottumwa Radio News that 10-15 Transit started providing rides for veterans to their out-of-town medical appointments three years ago. It became more expensive with each passing year.

“10-15 Transit started a program transporting Veterans three years ago with $2,500 from each county ($25,000 total annually) being removed from the general fund and allocated for this service. We spent $27,862 in the first year, $104,839 in the second year, and $159,871 as of May in the third year. We can no longer keep absorbing this financial loss.” Jay Allison, Director of 10-15 Transit

Allison says to this date, 10-15 Transit has not received any money from any organization despite promises from various entities. Allison adds that the financial burden is too much to bear so at the end of July, 10-15 Transit will be suspending the service of providing rides for veterans to their medical appointments.

Allison says an alternative plan is in the works and veterans will continue to receive free rides within city limits.

“We are currently working to create another source for financial assistance through donations and fundraising. However, until money becomes available, it has been determined as of August 1st we will have to suspend service for out of county trips when the $2,500 allocations for each county is exhausted. We will continue to provide FREE in town services including bus passes to Veterans.” Jay Allison, Director of 10-15 Transit

Allison says that while 10-15 Transit wishes to continue this service uninterrupted, it needs help. He also thanked those who have donated to “support this great effort.”

Rachel Dolley, Executive Director of Wapello County Veteran’s Affairs, says if local veterans are unable to get rides to their appointments, it would prove to have a calamitous effect.

“It impacts them (local veterans) negatively. There [are] so many low-income veterans here in town that rely on this service to get to their medical appointments. It’s gonna be a huge detriment to our community.” Rachel Dolley, Executive Director of Wapello County Veteran’s Affairs,

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