Dubuque Veterans Group To Give Away Van

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - A Dubuque family recently donated a handicap accessible van to the Dubuque Veteran's Freedom Center. Now that group is searching for a way to pay it forward.

"The van is like brand new, it only has 37,284 miles on it. It's going to last someone a long, long time," Veteran's Freedom Center Director Jim Wagner said.

When this mini-van rolled into Wagner's life, it was like Christmas had come early, but none of the veterans who spend time at the center really needed it. He knew they had to make a choice.

"We could have kept it and sold it, but I want this to be a pay it forward kind of thing and let a veteran that really really needs it, get it," Wagner said.

The scooter stored in the back of the van, can lift and lower out with the press of a button.

"If somebody is driving them, they could unload this and then they could go do whatever they want," Wagner said. "It gives them a lot of freedom."

Wagner is now putting out the call for any veteran who really needs that kind of liberty. The center's board of directors will select a winner on October 12 during the "All the Way Home" Conference in Dubuque.

People interested in applying for the van can contact the center at 2245 Kerper Blvd. or by phone at 563-548-0034

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