The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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February 4, 2014

DAV dedicates new van for transporting veterans



Both Zimmerman and Dudik agreed that the program could use more volunteers, which at the moment has a headcount of 10 drivers.

“We try to schedule them to drive once or twice a month,” Dudik said, adding that without them, the program would not be possible – without people like Johnnie Keeling.

Keeling, a retired superintendent of Elkhart Independent School District, has volunteered for the program since February of 2005.

“I'm not a veteran, but I've always felt that I owe veterans,” Keeling said. “We can never repay them for the time and sacrifice that they make away from their families, and their dedication to the country. And this is a small way for me to give something back. I get a whole lot more out of it than I have to put into it, and it's a joy to carry the veterans — it makes you appreciate our country and the sacrifice that they make when they go over there.”

To become a volunteer, persons must go though an orientation, pass a routine physical, have a clean driver's record and of course a valid drivers license.

The Palestine VA Clinic is located inside the Palestine Mall at 2000 S. Loop 256.

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