Readers’ Views

A service for veterans

To the Editor:

As Veterans Day approaches, I wanted to notify the residents of Faribault and Martin County about a benefit that may be available to them from the area’s public transit system, Prairie Lakes Transit.

Back in March, the Faribault-Martin County Transit board of directors, comprised of the commissioners from both counties, worked with staff of the transit system and each county’s Veterans Service Office, along with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, to draft a policy for veterans with service-connected disabilities. The policy states that any veteran who has a certified service-connected disability will be able use Prairie Lakes Transit buses without paying a fare.

This benefit is required of larger urban transit systems, as in the Twin Cities, but is not required of the smaller rural systems such as ours here in Faribault and Martin County. However, through the diligent efforts of the VSO officers and transit staff, the idea was proposed, crafted so it was done properly, and humbly passed by a unanimous vote at the Transit board of directors meeting in March.

It is a small gesture of our gratitude that we can provide for those who bravely sacrificed while doing what they were called to do.

Jeremy Monaha, director

Faribault-Martin County Transit