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Disabled Veterans Can Apply For Free HRT Bus Passes

NORFOLK --“Transportation is one of the top five requested services Mission United gets from our local veterans in need.

It is especially vital for the disabled vets, so they can get to their healthcare providers. We owe it to them, after all the sacrifices they’ve made for us,” says United Way of South Hampton Roads President and CEO, Carol McCormack.

“We want to thank Norfolk Southern for providing a grant that will make this happen, as well as for their compassionate corporate leadership.”

Starting Veterans Day, local disabled veterans who lack adequate transportation will now be able to apply for free bus passes, thanks to a partnership between United Way of South Hampton Roads, Mission United Hampton Roads, Hampton Roads Transit, and Norfolk Southern.

To qualify for the free bus pass, the disabled veteran must:

• Be honorably discharged from any branch of the Armed Forces.
• Provide a copy of DD 214 or certifying veteran status.
• Meet specific income qualifications.

To learn if you are eligible, talk to a Mission United case manager.

Disabled veterans interested in riding HRT buses for free must first call a Mission United case manager to get the one-page, HRT Discounted Fare Application. Mission United case managers are available at 757-858-7777, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. After business hours, requests to start the free bus pass application process can be left on Mission United’s voice mail. Online requests to start the process can also be made any time at missionunited-hr.org/get-help. Case managers will return all requests for help during business hours.

The cost for the free bus passes will be covered through a generous grant received from Norfolk Southern.

In addition to the completed application, which has a section to be signed by the veteran’s doctor, HRT will need the veteran to submit one passport photo and a state-issued driver’s license (or non-driver ID, or valid passport, or current employee ID).


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