Almost 400,000 veterans live in Massachusetts, and their need for transportation support to access health care, employment, and other services is increasing. The Executive Office of Health and Human Services’ Human Service Transportation (HST) Office is a founding member of and active participant in the Massachusetts Veterans Transportation Coalition (MVTC), a collaborative effort to increase awareness of — and to improve — our veterans’ transportation options.
The MVTC has compiled a list of transportation resources available to veterans across Massachusetts. We have also worked to educate transportation providers about the benefits of hiring veterans. MVTC members are distributing these resources widely by attending veterans’ fairs, presenting to Veterans Service Officers, and building partnerships with other organizations that serve veterans.
In 2010, staff from the Department of Veterans’ Services and the HST Office recognized the need to address veterans’ transportation issues and formed this Coalition to explore ways to work together. Membership in the MVTC includes representatives from a wide range of stakeholders. The group quickly expanded to include more state agencies (Executive Office of Elder Affairs and MassDOT) and several Regional Transit Authorities (Cape Cod, Greater Attleboro Taunton, Montachusett Area, and MetroWest). A representative from the Massachusetts Veterans’ Service Officers Association also joined the Coalition and more recently, representatives of the VA Hospital, the State House, and a transportation provider (New England Paralyzed Veterans of America) have joined the MVTC.
This information is provided by Human Service Transportation Office.