T4A: Veterans Deserve Transportation Options

Transportation For America, of which RenewLV is a regional lead, posted an appropriately patriotic entry on their blog today, in which they made a connection between the upcoming 4th of July holiday, our nation’s veterans and transportation choice. Liz Selbst stresses that mobility and access to resources must be increased for veterans, especially those that are living in rural parts of the country and do not own cars.

Encouraging the passage of a comprehensive transportation bill, Selbst writes:

Access to automobiles and driving are strongly correlated with employment opportunities. Among veterans with spinal cord injuries, only 16 percent of those unable to drive were able to obtain permanent employment, compared with 58 percent of those who could drive themselves to work. These disabled and injured veterans need other ways to get to work – and a new transportation bill can help them get there.

Very on point, the post urges us to ask ourselves: don’t our veterans deserve better? Perhaps a more robust public transportation system is the key here.

Here’s to hoping that there will be some progress on this important piece of legislation soon.

Happy 4th of July, advocates.

About Beata Bujalska

Beata Bujalska is the former Campaign Coordinator for Renew Lehigh Valley. She currently lives in Panama, a place that fascinates her due to (among other reasons) its recent development boom.

Posted on July 2, 2010, in Media Coverage, Public Infrastructure, Transportation, Urbanism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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