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Federal grants to provide transportation to VA facilities

MINOT — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp announced Friday that more than $375,000 in federal grants will help coordinate transportation for veterans living in rural North Dakota.

The money will help the North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs work with government, private and nonprofit agencies to provide veterans in 36 counties free transportation to VA medical facilities.

More than 5,400 North Dakota veterans are expected to benefit.

“While we have made progress with access to community-based outreach clinics and telehealth facilities, these grants will take another step in the right direction,” Heitkamp, D-N.D., said in a news release. “I’ll continue to seek innovative approaches to help veterans who don’t live close to VA facilities get the support and care they deserve.”

The grants are provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs through the Highly Rural Transportation Grants program.

The counties receiving the grants are Adams, Benson, Billings, Bottineau, Bowman, Burke, Cavalier, Dickey, Divide, Dunn, Eddy, Emmons, Foster, Golden Valley, Grant, Griggs, Hettinger, Kidder, Lamoure, Logan, McHenry, McIntosh, McKenzie, McLean, Mountrail, Nelson, Oliver, Pierce, Renville, Sargent, Sheridan, Sioux, Slope, Steele, Towner and Wells.

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