By Associated Press - Thursday, November 10, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Officials with the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Healthcare System are looking to a fleet of five new vans to ease the transportation challenges of veterans around the state.

The VA unveiled the vans Wednesday in Albuquerque. They’re supplementing an existing transportation network that operates with the help of volunteers with Disabled American Veterans and other organizations.

The new program is run by VA staff. Officials say the VA drivers made 88 trips for veterans in the program’s first full month of operations.

Five vans - each capable of carrying eight veterans - are currently located in Albuquerque to serve the metro area and eastern New Mexico. Two of the vans eventually will serve Gallup and Artesia.

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