A Panama City Beach family needs your help in transporting military veterans to and from their VA medical appointments in Pensacola.
The founders of hearts for military heroes, Deb and Dave Tainsh, got the vans rolling; now, all they need is volunteers to keep them on the road.
Every Friday, Dave Tainsh drives a government provided van from Bay County to Pensacola. Along for the ride is a military veteran in need of reliable transportation to his or her medical appointment.
The 2.5 hour trek, regulated through veteran's affairs, is a chance for Tainsh to connect with those he calls his family.
"They've always been there for me and I will always be there for them," said Tainsh.
The former Marine is no stranger to service.
He and his wife, Deb, have been through countless ups and downs; losing their son, Sgt. Patrick Tainsh, in Iraq in 2004.
"…Kinda hits home," he said.
Through their grief, Deb and Dave found a way to cope by founding their non-profit, providing support and resources to veterans and their families.
When a vet called them looking for funds to get to a medical appointment in Pensacola, it started their wheels rolling…literally.
"We began wondering why there aren't any vans or anything… We would like to do what we could to help all make that happen…The Government Services Administration did provide us with two vans and then we promised them that we would help come up with volunteers to drive the vans," said Deb Tainsh.
That's where you come in!
They are seeking enough volunteers so nobody has to drive more than one day a month.
"If you have to break an appointment that's been made with the VA, you don't know how long it's going to take to get another appointment, so we need to be ready to go for these men and women who have served our country and to get them up there," she said.
With Bay County filled with veterans from all military branches, it is the Tainsh's goal to ensure that every vet knows they are taken care of.
For more information on the Hearts for Heroes program, visit www.heartsformilitaryheroesinc.org