There had to be a better way to transport local veterans to their medical appointments.

That was the premise that has ultimately led to the Band of Brothers purchasing a new veterans medical transport vehicle and launching a transport program.

“Prineville has an aging veteran population (which has) recurring doctor appointments at the VA clinic in Bend and Portland,” said Band of Brothers member Bob Eck, who played a role in landing the new vehicle. “Many of these veterans are unable to drive themselves to these appointments and have no one to turn to. There is a shuttle which originates in Bend that takes veterans to their appointments at the VA hospital in Portland. It stops in Redmond to pick up additional passengers, however, they do not run to Prineville. The Prineville shuttle service is designed to fill that void. Picking up clients at the Elks Lodge parking lot and delivering them to the pick-up point in Redmond and then bringing them back to Prineville from Redmond.”