Montrose, N.Y. – 11/20/2013 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) was at the New York State Veterans’ Home at Montrose on Wednesday, November 20th at 1:00 PM to officially cut the ribbon for a new recreational bus for the residents of Montrose.
Previously, the only bus in service was used to transport residents for medical appointments. By necessity, medical appointments would take priority over recreational events. Unfortunately, planned recreation events would occasionally be cancelled if a medical emergency required transportation.
Bill Mahan, a member of the Board of Visitors at Montrose, described the previous situation as frustrating and demoralizing to the residents at Montrose.
“We set out to gather enough funds through the Donation Account to purchase a larger van, but buses are expensive and we recognized it would be a long process. Fortunately, we were able to set aside $34,000 to be used towards the purchase of a bus. That still left us short by approximately $26,000. At that point, I decided to ask Senator Ball for assistance. The Senator put us in touch with Mike Warshaw of Heroes in Transition,” said Bill Mahan. “Mike was our savior; the man is a true patriot. He pledged to help us with the $26,000 needed to purchase the bus.”
The new bus is handicap accessible and can hold a maximum of 5 wheelchair passengers and 4 ambulatory passengers or if configured differently, 8 ambulatory passengers and 3 wheelchair passengers. The new bus will enable more residents the opportunity to go out for different recreational programs sponsored by the Montrose VA Home.
“When Bill reached out to my office for help, I immediately thought of Heroes in Transition. This amazing organization has done so much for our veterans, including sponsoring our recent World War II Trip to Washington DC,” said Senator Greg Ball. “This new recreational bus will enable more veterans the ability to stay active and participate in the many wonderful recreational events that the VA sponsors, including my Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner that we host every year!”
Heroes In Transition, is a 501 (c) 3, not-for-profit organization founded in honor of Marine Captain Eric A. Jones who grew up in Pound Ridge, NY. Captain Jones was killed in a helicopter collision during a combat mission in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan on October 26, 2009. The organization aims at helping those who have served or who are currently serving our country.
Senator Ball posthumously honored Captain Jones into the 40th Senate District Veterans Hall of Fame in November of 2011.
“Heroes in Transition has been providing assistance to veterans and military families in honor of fallen Marine Captain Eric A. Jones since 2010,” said Heroes in Transition President Michael Warshaw. “When Senator Ball and Bill Mahan reached out to see if we could help, I knew this was something we would love to get involved in. This recreational bus represents freedom to us. The bus will allow these veterans to schedule recreational trips freely without the restraints of first having to locate and secure suitable transportation. These brave men and women have fought proudly and courageously in order to protect the freedoms that we enjoy, we feel that it is our duty to do what we can to return the favor.”
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