The North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs (NDDVA) gave away six new vans to Highly Rural Counties in North Dakota. The vans come from a Federal grant which the ND DVA was awarded last year. Eight vans were purchased in June from Harlow' Bus Sales in Bismarck. The six passenger vans are Dodge Caravans which are converted to wheel chair accessible vans with a ramp and chair tie downs so up to two wheel chair bound veterans can ride at the same time. Dennis Kubistka the CVSO from Steele County received his van on July 17th at the NDDVA - Fargo office. He made his first trip to the Fargo VA Medical center the following week. The counties of McKenzie, Golden Valley, Cavalier, Dickey and Sheridan received their vans on July 20th in Bismarck. They then returned to their counties with a complimentary full tank of gas. The vans can be used to transport veterans to their medical appointments. these medical appointments can be at the Federal VA or any healthcare provider in the community. For more information or to inquire into a ride please contact the CVSO's who have received the vans. More funding and vans may be available in the fall of 2015.