Almost 400,000 Veterans live in Massachusetts, and their need for transportation support to access health care and other services is increasing. The Massachusetts Veterans Transportation Coalition (MVTC) is a collaborative effort to increase awareness and to improve our Veterans’ transportation options.
State agencies: Department of Veterans’ Services, Human Service Transportation Office of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Executive Office of Elder Affairs, and Mass. Department of Transportation.
Regional Transit Authorities: Cape Cod, Greater Attleboro-Taunton, MetroWest, and Montachusett Area.
Organizations that represent or serve Veterans: The Massachusetts Veterans’ Service Officers Association, a transportation provider, a Veterans Affairs hospital, a State Representative, and the Mass 211 network for health and human services information.
- Share information about the availability of existing transportation resources with Veterans and those who serve them.
Encourage networking and collaboration among transportation providers and Veteran serving agencies to address unmet needs and facilitate opportunities for better coordination.
Advocate for Veterans’ transportation needs.
Creating tools to help Veterans Service Officers help veterans find rides.
Conducting outreach to inform veterans, Veterans Service Officers, and other stakeholders of the services available.
Encouraging transportation companies to hire qualified Veterans.
Developing resources to help workforce development professionals identify transportation for Veterans who are looking for employment.
Building relationships with stakeholders like the VA Hospitals to foster coordination.
Supporting projects to increase Veterans’ mobility in Massachusetts, such as the
Federal Transit Administration’s Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative Grant recently awarded to the Montachusett Regional Transit Authority and its partners.