East Texas veteran transportation grows

By Morgan Thomas - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Life just a got a little easier for East Texas veterans thanks to a new transportation project.

Two new buses were added to the VA transportation arsenal at the Charlie Wilson VA outpatient clinic in Lufkin. Before today, a bus full of veterans lift the clinic five days a week and headed to Houston for medical appointments. The two new buses will provide free transportation to veterans in Houston, Angelina and Nacogdoches counties and bring to the Lufkin VA clinic. They can go to medical appointments there or ride the bus going to Houston.

"Start off with these two and probably be my guess is within a year, year and a half these two will have morphed into five or six serving all of Deep East Texas," said John McBeth, president and chief executive officer of the Brazos Transit.

Former congressman Charlie Wilson asked U.S. Senator John Cornyn for help with the transportation project. He was able to get the project paid for with $600,000 in federal funding.

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