VA shuttles link airport, downtown and Tripler
: With the increasing cost of gas, does the Department of Veterans Affairs provide a shuttle bus to the VA and Tripler Army Medical Center?
Answer: The VA operates shuttles Monday through Friday except for holidays. One VA shuttle departs from the VA Medical Center at 6:45 in the morning to the Kalihi bus depot, Honolulu Airport and back to the Tripler Army Medical Center, stopping at the Center For Aging, Matsunaga Clinic and E-Wing, where the VA office is located. The last shuttle leaves the clinic at 4 p.m.
Another VA shuttle departs from the medical clinic at 6:45 a.m. and stops at the Kalihi bus depot, Honolulu Airport, Nimitz/ Puuloa Bus Stop and back around to Tripler. The last run leaves the clinic at 4 p.m.
The third VA shuttle service departs the clinic at 8:30 a.m. to the federal building downtown, Honolulu Airport and back to Tripler. The last run leaves the clinic at 2:20 p.m. direct to the airport and back to the Tripler.
If you want to download the schedules, go to www.va.gov/hawaii. On the left column click on shuttle schedules. Schedules are also available at the medical center and E-Wing information desks.
Q: When will the VA offer flu shots this year?
A: Flu shots will be available around mid-October to early November at the VA Medical Center lobby. Flu shots can only be administered to veterans registered with the VA.
If you have questions about your benefits as a veteran, call Fred Ballard at the Veterans Affairs at 433-0049 or visit the VA Web site at www.va.gov/hawaii
or the Star-Bulletin at 529-4747.
Gregg K. Kakesako, who covers military affairs for the Star-Bulletin, can be reached by phone at 294-4075
or by e-mail at email@example.com