County VA Programs

Effective starting 1 June 2022

Transportation to VA Medical Centers and VA Clinics

The Jackson County Veterans Service Office operates a passenger van for the purpose of providing transportation to and from the VA Medical Centers and VA Clinics, for veterans who are unable to transport themselves.  This service is provided for a low cost of $20.00 round trip fee.

Passengers must be able to travel on public transportation. Persons who are wheelchair bound cannot be transported, unless they are capable of transferring themselves from the wheelchair to the van. Volunteer drivers are not allowed to lift passengers into and out of the vehicle. Persons with a serious or acute medical condition cannot be transported as drivers are not EMT trained.

The Veterans Van operates on Tuesdays and Thursday’s to VA Medical Centers and Wednesday’s to the Spirit Lake and St. James VA Clinics.  Appointments will need to be scheduled on the set days between 8:00AM to 1:00pm only.   The van does not run on holidays or weekends and is not used for emergencies. The van will only run on this schedule. Only under special circumstances, will this be deviated, any special requests will be only be approved by the Veteran Service Officer.

It is the responsibility of the veteran to schedule a ride with the Veterans Service office not contacting the driver directly, no later than 48 hours prior to the appointment date. This is extremely important, because the schedule (pick up times) will be confirmed with the driver and passengers by the day before the appointment.

Please contact the Veterans Service Office at (507) 847-4774 to schedule an appointment.

For local rides to Non-VA facilities Call:

United Community Actions

Call us Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Jackson Office: 507-847-2632 ext. 1

Serving Cottonwood, Jackson Counties. 

Bus Rates $2.00-$5.00 per person, per trip

• Book your rides at least 24 hours in advance whenever possible. Requests will be scheduled on a first-call basis.

• If you are unable to make your scheduled pick-up time, you must call to cancel your ride. We collect for no-shows and riders canceling at the door

• Have exact fare amount ready. Drivers do not carry cash