U.S. Department of Transportation Co-Sponsors Month-Long National Online Dialogue on Transportation Issues Affecting Veterans, Military Service Members, and Their Families May 7-June 8
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Invites You to Participate in a National Online Dialogue on Veterans Transportation
“Strengthening Transportation Choices So We Can Serve
Those Who Have Served Their Country”
America’s fighting forces and military personnel stationed around the world do a superb job of protecting our rights and freedoms here at home by performing their duty every day, and as a grateful nation, we must do ours.
Now more than ever, we must address the family, home, and community challenges facing our all-volunteer force as thousands return home, and as thousands more seek jobs, education, and medical care for themselves and their loved ones. Many of them have indicated they lack access to transportation for work, school, medical care, other health services and recreation or leisure activities.
That’s why President Obama has directed that the U.S. should deliver the best possible transition services for personnel returning to civilian life—and offer new avenues of support for other veterans here at home, including access to reliable, affordable, accessible transportation.
Over the past six months, the Administration has committed over $60 million for innovative projects and partnerships around the U.S. that will enhance access to local transportation services that meet the needs of returning service members, including wounded warriors, veterans, and their families. (Learn more about these investments.) This vitally important effort will help these men and women connect with the opportunities they need and deserve—from jobs and job training centers to schools, hospitals, day care centers, and recreation. But, we know more can be done to help communities and service providers connect with this population. So we need to hear from everyone—individuals and their trusted stakeholders as well as local transportation providers and community leaders. This is why we are holding a national online conversation about the best ways to address the transportation challenges.
We want to listen closely to the men and women who are returning to civilian life, pursuing jobs, and education, and settling children in school—and to our wounded warriors who face additional challenges. We also want to listen to all who strive to serve them. Learn more about “Strengthening Transportation Choices So We Can Serve Those Who Have Served Their Country” or visit www.projectaction.org starting May 7 to register and add your voice to the conversation!