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County getting ready to start transport service for veterans

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By David Giuliani

San Miguel County is getting ready to launch its service to provide veterans transportation to medical appointments in Albuquerque.

Officials hope to start it next month.  

Last week, the County Commission approved policies for the service, which will be provided Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The service will be offered through the county’s DWI prevention program. That’s because the program already has drivers for its Safe Ride service, which takes people home from bars.

“We have a driver in place. He is completely certified and has all the accreditation needed to jump right in and start the service,” said Wendy Armijo, coordinator of the DWI program.

Commissioner Nicolas Leger said the service would be good for the community, but he questioned whether it needed the approval of the state Public Regulation Commission.

County Attorney Jesus Lopez said he was awaiting a response from the PRC on that issue.

“If one is required, we will get it,” he said.

Armijo assured the commission that the drivers do daily inspections of their vans.