The Athens VA outpatient clinic sits off of US29 on the northern edge of town, where it offers Mental Health Outpatient care, preventive health, education programs, and inpatient services to Athens-area Veterans.
Unfortunately, this much needed resource is 2.3 miles away from the nearest bus stop, on a road lacking sidewalks. Dedicated volunteer groups have tried to fill the gap for area veterans who are either disabled and/or without access to an automobile, but it is difficult to have enough volunteers and schedule rides. It has come to Athens for Everyone’s attention that there is a desire from veterans and volunteers to have Athens Transit service the area.
If Athens Transit was to go just this extra 2.3 miles, it would help not only our veterans, but also residents trying to get to the DMV and residents of the Pinewoods Community, plus many others…all while increasing ridership for our public transit system. Since it is located just a few hundred yards over the county line in Madison County, we will also need to work with the Madison County Commission to make this happen. This can all be done for a very minimal cost and implemented in 2016; but we need local officials in Athens-Clarke County and Madison County to make it a priority and see that it happens!
Our Veterans served us…let’s serve them and their public transit needs.
Please, take just a minute to let Mayor Denson, Transit Director McDuffie, and the Madison County Commission know you want to see the Veterans Clinic served by Athens Transit.
If you or someone you know is a veteran who would like to see the public transit system serve the Veterans Clinic, we would love to hear from you. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to hear how you can be involved.by