After two years of fundraising and donations from the surrounding communities, the Missouri Veteran's Home Assistance League goal to provide an accessible activity bus has been accomplished.

After two years of fundraising and donations from the surrounding communities, the Missouri Veteran’s Home Assistance League goal to provide an accessible activity bus has been accomplished.

Veterans residing at the Missouri Veterans Home in St. James have a new mode of transportation. The Missouri Veterans Home Assistance League presented a new, fully equipped bus to the facility this month. The larger bus holds more passengers and can accommodate 7 wheelchairs. 

Activities Supervisor Julia Burton said the new larger bus will hold more Veterans for trips. Veterans will now be able to “ride in style when they go to an event.” 

Barton said the bus will get plenty of use during the spring, summer and fall when it will be on the road multiple times a week transporting Veterans.

Barton said the residents will love how easy it is to load and unload. The new ride also allows more room to move in-between individuals, is equipped with a state of the art wheelchair ramp, a back-up camera and an air ride levellng system to allow for safer and faster transfers.  

The Assistance League’s goal is improving the quality and enriching the life of Veterans residing in the home.  The members work to meet the needs that might not be addressed through regular state funding. Through fundraising and supporting the home, Veteran’s lives are enhanced through the charitable donations made possible by the community and surrounding areas.

“This outstanding vehicle was made possible from generous donations from our surrounding communities. Our Veterans love this bus and they enjoy the much quieter ride,” said Lorie Steen, Supervisor of Volunteer Services.  

Providing the bus has been a goal for the Assistance League members for several years. The purchase of the bus was made possible through fundraising events and the support of many who contributed, according to Assistance League board member Stan Kardasz.

“Our Assistance League members have been raising funds for over two years to make this purchase possible for our home. “We really want to thank the public because they made it possible. We’ve been wanting this for a long time,”  Kardasz said.