MORE Foundation extends veterans transportation program

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Following a successful three-month pilot program, The MORE Foundation has extended a grant to assist veterans seeking transportation to medical and physical therapy appointments through the end of 2015.

The Veterans Transportation Assistance Program launched in July 2015 thanks to The MORE Foundation — also known as Musculoskeletal Orthopedic Research and Education — a non-profit organization that envisions a world full of active people.

The initial 90-day pilot program was designed to cover the transportation costs for military veterans to make their doctors and physical therapy appointments. The program has received the support of U.S. Representative Kyrsten Sinema and from the Phoenix VA Health Care System, according to a press release.

The initial pilot program covered the cost of approximately 110 veteran transports that were conducted and coordinated by Quality Transport Services, a leading provider of assisted transportation in Arizona.

At its October meeting, the MORE Foundation board approved a program extension with QTS through Dec. 31, adding an additional $5,000 to cover additional transports for veterans.

“In a very short time the V-TAP program has reached its objectives by assisting many veterans and their families with needed transportation to make their appointments,” stated Patricia Lewis Finnell, Board Chairwoman of the MORE Foundation, in the release. “We are grateful for the response we have received from them about the positive impact V-TAP has made in their lives.”

In the first two months, QTS completed 66 transports and had several more scheduled for the final portion of the pilot.

“QTS of Arizona has done a fabulous job of working with our veterans and helping to promote V-TAP through its efforts,” Ms. Lewis Finnell stated in the release. “We at MORE are so appreciative of their service, their initiative and their commitment to customer care.”

Transport through the V-TAP program is specific to veteran patients who can be transported to any physician or physical therapy office in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Transports are not facility nor practice specific.

Veterans seeking transport under this program are encouraged to call QTS directly at 602-371-1000 and mention V-TAP to learn if they may participate in the program and to schedule a transport.

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