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American GI Forum to Unveil New Van for Veterans on October 13!

American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Unveils New Wheelchair-Accessible Van for Veterans in San Antonio

New Vehicle Made Possible through Wells Fargo VeteranWINS $40,000 grant & generous donations from San Antonio veteran supporters

San Antonio, Texas – On Friday, October 13, the American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program (NVOP) will unveil a 2017 wheelchair-accessible Ford Transit 12-passenger van for disabled and formerly homeless veterans living at the NVOP Residential Center for Veterans (RCV) in downtown San Antonio. A new handicap-accessible vehicle will immensely enhance the quality of life for the RCV’s 140 veteran residents, and it will allow them to travel more easily to job interviews, counseling, and other services that prevent them from returning to homelessness.

The new van is the result of a $40,000 grant awarded to NVOP through the Wells Fargo VeteranWINS grant program as well as donations received from the Alamo AFCEA's Wounded Warrior and Military Family (W2MF) Endowment Fund, the Kappa Sigma fraternity’s Crawfish for Veterans Fundraiser, the Big Give San Antonio, and Red McCombs Ford. Launched in 2016, VeteranWINS has awarded a total of $300,000 in grants to programs focused on addressing veteran homelessness, transitional housing, and low-to-moderate income veteran home rehabilitation.

Wells Fargo has also awarded NVOP an additional $15,000 grant to make enhancements to its three veteran service locations in downtown San Antonio. More than 30 Wells Fargo volunteers will perform the beautification work (painting, landscaping, and clean-up) following the van unveiling.

“More than 50% of the veterans at our RCV have a physical disability, and at least 10 require the daily use of a wheelchair,” said Carlos Martinez, President and CEO of the American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program. “Traveling to employers, hiring fairs, medical appointments, and other service agencies in San Antonio is critical to the well-being and housing stability of each veteran living at our center. The new van and the improvements to our veteran service centers will make a tremendous impact on the veterans we serve at NVOP. My team and I cannot say thank you enough to our partners who made this possible.”

“Wells Fargo is pleased to support nonprofits like NVOP that work tirelessly to help veterans achieve long-term stability and success,” said Jeff Chavannes, VeteranWINS program manager for Wells Fargo. “We are committed to building better communities, including by working with nonprofits to address homelessness for veterans.”

WHO: Spokespeople available during the event include:

  • Carlos Martinez, NVOP President and CEO
  • Jeff Chavannes, Wells Fargo VeteranWINS Program Manager and/or Laura Cabanilla, Vice President and Community Development Officer

WHERE: Residential Center for Veterans, 519 N Medina, San Antonio, Texas 78207                        

WHEN: Friday, October 13 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

CONTACT: Julianna Gonzaba, 210-831-3214, jgonzaba@agif-nvop.org or Tymika Morrison, (713) 838-6799, Tymika.Morrison@wellsfargo.com

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