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York County veterans won't be left without a ride to or from the Lebanon veteran's hospital after an anonymous donor gave $20,000 to expand a volunteer-driven veteran's ride program.

Richard Farr, executive director of Rabbit Transit, said the donation, as well as other monetary contributions, allows the program to be expanded to five days a week — up from three days — and means the transportation provider will get a larger 18-passenger handicap-accessible van for the route.

An eight-passenger van once used on the route isn't handicap accessible, and its small size meant people escorting veterans weren't always guaranteed a seat, he said.

The new van, which goes into service this week, will make twice daily runs to the Lebanon VA Medical Center.

Veterans can hitch a ride for free, and escorts can also ride along, Farr told commissioners during their weekly meeting Wednesday.

The program is a joint initiative between Rabbit Transit and York County Veterans Affairs, said Terry Gendron, executive director of the affairs office.

The expanded service starts Monday.

  • Service offered Monday through Friday.  
  • Shuttles depart at 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and return at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.  
  • Shuttles depart from East York VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 2251 Eastern Blvd, in Springettsbury Township.
  • This transportation is free to veterans from York County, and escorts are permitted.
  • Veterans can call 1-800-632-9063 to schedule a trip or book a reservation online at www.FindMyRidePA.com.  

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @ggrossyd.

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