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BURNET — A grant funded by the Texas Lottery Commission could ensure that Burnet County veterans lacking transportation still get to their medical appointments.

The Burnet County Commissioners Court recently approved an application for funding from the Texas Veterans Commission to buy passenger vans and pay drivers.

The monies will come from the Texas Lottery Commission, said Precinct 2 Constable Chuck Caraway, who is also the county veterans’ services officer.

"It could take care of a big issue," County Judge Donna Klaeger said.

If approved by the state commission, the county will receive a grant of $106,000 to purchase two passenger vans with scooter racks and wheelchair lifts, four part-time drivers, one full-time administrator and fuel for the vans, Caraway added.

"There will be no cost to Burnet County," Caraway said.

The vans will help eligible veterans travel from their homes to visit doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and social-service organizations, Caraway added.

"This project will have a positive impact on the lives of area veterans and their families and meet a high-priority need not currently addressed," Klaeger said.

The commission could approve the grant in May, Caraway said.

"We are in a preliminary process now," he added.