Free Ride: Bus pass donations sought for Kingman veterans | Kingman Miner Daily

KINGMAN — An easy way for people to give back to veterans is to donate to the Veterans Day Pass donation program, which has seen a drop in donations recently.

The Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council, in partnership with the City of Kingman, adopted the program in 2021 to help veterans get to appointments, pick up prescriptions, visit stores and get to work. The $5 day passes save veterans money, especially when prices for gas and basic necessities are high, JAVC President Pat Farrell said.

“It gets them where they need to go and it saves money,” Farrell said.

So far around 270 bus passes have been donated and Farrell said they hope to get another 500. Farrell said money is tight for some veterans and transportation may be one less thing they have to worry about.

“It involves the community in helping veterans,” Farrell said.

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, people could go KART for free. However, the free rides ended last summer and local veterans have raised concerns about the expense. Farrell said more than half of the county’s veterans are 65 or older and affordable transportation is critical for them.

The cost of living has also increased in Kingman, and veterans’ pensions have not kept up with rising costs for food, rent, and gasoline. Farrell said many veterans are also without a car, so KART is how they get to and from their destination.

“Just think what you would do,” if you didn’t have transportation, Farrell said. “It’s difficult to get around, especially for people with disabilities.”

To donate, visit https://bit.ly/3LQDlml. For veterans looking for a bus pass, contact 928-715-1244.

Christy J. Olson