VA Medical Transportation

The Le Sueur County Veterans Service Office provides transportation for medical care at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis through its van transportation program. We do not go to any other clinic or hospitals, unless it is an appointment that the VA has outsourced, at that point it will be under the discretion of the Veterans Service Office. The Le Sueur County van operates on even numbered days of the month (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc). If space allows the veteran may have one accompanying attendant ride with them. The van is NOT wheel chair accessible. 

The charge to ride the van is $10. If the veteran qualifies for travel pay our driver will give them a receipt to turn in to the Travel Pay office at the VA Medical Center and will be reimbursed. 

Pick Up Points

  • Le Center - Municipal Parking Lot (Next to O'Keefe Meats)
  • Montgomery - American Legion Club 
  • New Prague - Park Ballroom
  • Waterville - Phil Mart

Van Pick Up at Your Home

We are pleased to pick up those veterans who cannot drive to their local pick up destination due to health reasons, a lack of a driver’s license, or other reasons. If you are able to drive to your local pick up, we expect you to do so. This saves time and mileage, and we cannot pick up everyone. If we do pick you up at your residence, we expect you to be ready early.

Van Rules

When riding in the Veterans Service Van the following rules must be followed:

  • Must obey the driver’s instructions
  • No drinking of alcohol
  • No illegal drugs
  • No smoking in the van
  • No use of foul language
  • No weapons, including firearms and knifes
  • Practice good personal hygiene
  • Seat-belts must be worn at all times

Patient Appointments

We do not get notified or have access to your appointments at the VA. Please schedule your appointments between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm on even numbered days. Let the scheduler know that you ride our van and they are pretty helpful. Do not schedule your appointments to any time prior to 8:00 a.m. or we cannot guarantee arriving that early to the hospital.

As soon as you know about an appointment that you will need a ride for, you must call us. Or, if you have already scheduled a ride with the van and you receive notice that your appointment has been changed for canceled, notify us immediately!

Inclined Weather Conditions

The Veterans Service Officer and driver are responsible for determining if the van will or will not make a scheduled trip, based on the weather. Passenger safety comes first. The driver, after consulting with the Veterans Service Officer, may determine inclement weather may create a safety hazard and decide to cancel the trip, or that mechanical problems require the scheduled trip to be cancelled.

The final decision to cancel the scheduled trip rests with the Veterans Service Officer. If a trip is canceled, the veterans will have their appointments canceled and rescheduled by the Veterans Service Office.

A decision by the driver to depart the Veterans Affairs Hospital prior to the completion of all appointments because of expected severe weather would be honored. The Veterans Service Office will again make rescheduling of appointments.

Last Minute Ride

If you need a ride to the VAMC at the last minute, do not call the driver. If you are not on the schedule to ride they are not authorized to allow you to ride unless they have received approval from Jim. So please call him any time at home if it is after business hours and he will get you on the van. Call Jim Golgart at 507-934-6855.

If you are in need of transportation to the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, please call 507-357-8279 and speak with Lori. When scheduling transportation, please contact our office no later than 2 pm the day prior to your appointment. 

Picture of the Le Sueur County Veterans Van