Pittenger: VA shuttle will help disabled veterans
Oct 29, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 29, 2013
CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER PUSHES FOR NEW SHUTTLE SERVICE TO HELP DISABLED VETERANS
CHARLOTTE – Soon, disabled veterans in Charlotte will have easier access to the VA Clinic, thanks to the efforts of dedicated local volunteers and Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09).
During a visit to the Charlotte VA Outpatient Clinic in April, Congressman Pittenger was approached by John Fenesy, a Coast Guard veteran who actively volunteers at the clinic. Mr. Fenesy had been fighting for years to move the CATS bus stop closer to the clinic, but was repeatedly rebuffed by bureaucrats.
“The brave men and women who risked their lives to defend our freedom deserve more than the bureaucratic runaround,” commented Congressman Pittenger. “Part of my job is to push and pull and help untangle red tape, and I was honored to serve those who served.”
After CATS determined safety regulations would prevent moving the bus stop any closer, Congressman Pittenger asked the VA to consider using surplus vehicles as a shuttle service, an idea first suggested by local volunteers.
The shuttle service has been approved and will begin as soon as volunteers are trained and certified.
“On behalf of America, I’d like to thank John Fenesy for his tenacity and dedication to helping disabled American veterans, for his willingness to continue volunteering his time, and for his service in the United States Coast Guard,” said Congressman Pittenger.