FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Putnam County Executive
February 4, 2013
Special Bus for Veterans, Seniors Ready to Roll
County Executive MaryEllen Odell will be joined by Director of Veterans Affairs Karl Rohde and Office for the Aging Director Patricia Sheehy as they accept the keys for a new shared services bus at a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 3:30 p.m.. The press conference will be held outdoors near the gazebo at the OFA, 110 Old Route 6, Bldg. 1, in Carmel.
The bus, which seats 12 and can accommodate two wheelchairs, will be used by the Putnam County Veterans Services Agency and the OFA. The shiny white van which bears the bright blue official seal of Putnam County, an American flag and the somber black POW/MIA flag, will be used to transport disabled veterans as well as disabled senior citizens to doctor’s appointment.
“I can’t think of a more meaningful gift of thanks to our veterans,” said Odell. “They have given so much for us. Working to provide an easier means of transportation for them and our disabled senior citizens was simply a joy, a labor of love for me.”
Rohde, a veteran of the Vietnam War, is thrilled not only with the arrival of the van but with Putnam County’s constant outreach to its veterans.
“Securing a vehicle to be used for transporting such special cargo as the heroes of Putnam County, our veterans, is indeed an overwhelming occurrence,” said Rohde. “It is another example of how well veterans are treated in Putnam. As Director of the Veterans Service Agency, I would like to thank everyone who helped make this possible.”
Rohde praised Art Hanely and the County Legislature for their efforts and support.
Sheehy is pleased that the County was able to partner the project and reach out to those disabled seniors, many of whom have to pay for private transportation, as they seek necessary medical attention.
“This is a wonderful example of government working in partnership to bring needed services to our community,” said Sheehy. “Our disabled veterans in need of wheelchair accessible transport will receive services first and as available the disabled seniors will then be able to access the transportation to their doctor’s appointments.”