Van provides lift for vets seeking specialized help

Van provides lift for vets seeking specialized help

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Mike Amato, center, waits in the lobby of the Veterans Administration hospital in Albuquerque. Amato is a volunteer driver of the Disabled American Veterans van, which makes twice-weekly trips between Durango and Albuquerque to get veterans to their appointments.
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Navy veteran Dixie Van Druff arrives for an appointment at the Veterans Administration hospital in Albuquerque. Van Druff said she once had a heart attack on the ride, and the quick response of the driver saved her life. “I love these guys,” she said.
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Mike Amato spent four years in the Air Force in the late 1960s. Since retiring from a career with the city of Durango, he drives veterans to appointments in Albuquerque and volunteers with Blue Star Mothers.
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