Special donation will provide freedom for veteran

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - An organization that assists veterans who are down on their luck received a special donation.

Moving Veterans Forward doesn't just furnish apartments for veterans transitioning out of homelessness.

Cindy Hamm donated a well-maintained 2005 van that the organization put to good use.

"As a military family, we were like no veteran should ever be on the street," she said.

The van comes with a mechanized scooter unit, which will help a special needs veteran maneuver to the store and doctors appointments.

"A lot of times the guys will call us and they need anywhere from lift chairs to motorized wheelchairs," Dewey Myers with Moving Veterans Forward said.

The donated van should last a disabled veteran a long time with just under 80,000 miles on the odometer.

The van was used for many years by Hamm's late parents, Betty and Duane Hamm. Hammy, as everyone called Duane, served 38 years in the Air Force and National Guard.

Before passing, Betty Hamm was saddened by the sight of homeless veterans.

"We're driving along and she'd say, 'Ah, I just wish I could help those people,'" her daughter recalled.

Now she has the ability to help posthumously, with the donation of the van.

The organization plans to select a veteran who needs mobility and will care for the van as if a master sergeant is holding inspection.

For eight years Moving Veteran Forward has moved nearly 1,300 veterans into a furnished place to live.

The van is only the fourth vehicle donated to provide a veteran with a way to get around.