Another reason Montana VA is kicking volunteers

They have a driver… and he’s 90 years old. Here’s a crazy update to a story we first told you about last week where the VA is kicking volunteer veteran drivers off the sidewalk because of a vaccination mandate.

After sharing the news on Veterans Radio in Sanders County, Montana, I heard from another veteran from Polson. He told us they only have one driver to take Mission Valley residents to their VA hospital appointments in Missoula and Helena — and he’s 90.

Larry Ashcraft told me that several men volunteered and helped, but once the VA forced a COVID vaccine on the drivers, those efforts stopped.

Nonetheless, Ashcraft, a veteran himself, says he was already vaccinated, so he tried to move forward with the volunteer process. He started the process last October and is STILL waiting to be approved to be a volunteer driver for the VA. After getting a response from contacts at the VA, Ashcraft says he finally heard from someone two weeks ago.

Ashcraft: They called me about two weeks ago and said I needed to take a hearing test, and maybe being in Polson the closest place I could take the hearing test was in Billings, Montana.

They wanted him to drive the 828 miles to Billings from Polson and back for a simple hearing test. Eventually they called him back to see if he could take the hearing test in Missoula. He says he still does not have a confirmed appointment for a hearing test and will also need a medical examination.

Isn’t that crazy? Not only is the VA kicking volunteer drivers because of the absurd vaccine mandate, but even if someone got the shot, it takes a whole lot of bureaucracy just to hit the road. Even for someone who got the vaccine, they have to go through a whole bunch of bureaucratic BS just to just volunteer.

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Here’s the full audio of our conversation with Larry Ashcraft on Wednesday’s “Montana Talks with Aaron Flint”:

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