In the fall of 2007, the Roscommon County Veterans approached the Roscommon County Community Foundation with their plight regarding the cost of transporting local veterans to hospitals and doctors appointments. The Morley Foundation Fund, of the Roscommon County Community Foundation, has generously awarded a one thousand dollar grant to the Veterans of Roscommon County to be used to help defray the cost of transportation.
While volunteers donate their time and vehicles to transport local veterans, they are reimbursed for mileage and meals by Roscommon County. Local veterans are often required to seek appointments at Veteran’s facilities and not allowed to use local hospitals. This often requires trips several hundred miles from Roscommon. As the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans are becoming older, they are often physically, mentally or financially unable to provide their own transportation. In an attempt to cut costs, the veterans are setting corresponding appointments for several individuals which allows for car pooling, thereby requiring one volunteer and one trip. The cost, however, has continued to increase. This increase is twofold, with the increasing number of veterans aging and the cost of fuel increasing.
The money for this program has relied on the taxpayers and comes out of Roscommon County’s general budget. The community as a whole needs to be aware of the monies necessary to support these programs. It should be noted that the veterans make up just over twelve percent of Roscommon County’s total population. The RCCF has shown that they support not only our local veterans but, indeed, the entire tax paying community.