The van being raffled is a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country, which has been converted not only for handicapped accessibility, but also so that it is handicapped-drivable.
Included with the handicapped van is a motorized scooter.
Chapter 80 of The Disabled American has more news on their quest to get a handicapped van for the Flora area, and technically, they do have one, but it’s a private van that they will now be auctioning off.
The van, which was donated to the Chapter, formerly belong to Flora-area businessman and philanthropist Doug Phillips, who himself was handicapped for much of his life.
It is a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country, which has been converted not only for handicapped accessibility, but also so that it is handicapped-drivable as well. There is a one-handed steering device on the wheel, as well as wheel-mounted controls for both gas and brakes.
Included along with the van itself is a motorized scooter that once lifter in by motorized lift, can be secured behind the front seat while the drive controls the vehicle.
Tickets for the vehicle raffle are $20 each, but the drawing itself will not be held until every ticket, 3,000 of them, is sold.
“It will not be sold until all of the tickets are sold,” said Chapter 80 member Dennis Lousig-Nont. “And when the last ticket is sold, if someone else wants a ticket, they cannot have one.”
Tickets are available at the Flora VFW, the Fairfield VFW, North Wayne Insurance in Cisne, and from any DAV Chapter 80 member. Chapter 80 Van Program Coordinator Chuck Schryer can also be contacted for tickets at (618) 516-1064.
DAV Chapter 80 members will have tickets available across the area they serve.
Currently, Chapter 80 runs eight vans total, with two of them being handicap vans. The handicap vans are the only ones operated by the DAV in the Tri-State area.
These vehicles are based in Flora, Fairfield, Mt. Vernon and Mt. Carmel. They take veterans to appointments in Marion, Effingham, Mt. Vernon, Evansville and Vincennes. In 2011, they took veterans to 2,604 appointments and drove 159,510 miles to do it.