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The toolkit for expanding mobility options for veterans would describe how to bring local agencies and organizations together to develop and implement a comprehensive veterans' transportation services plan. "Comprehensive veterans' transportation services" means a network of transportation services responsive to veterans' needs, not only for transportation to medical appointments and other health care services, but also to jobs, shopping, community services, and all other transportation needed to ensure the full integration of veterans, especially those who are disabled, into their communities. The toolkit should describe options for a lead agency or organization that will take the lead to invite potential partners (both public- and private-sector agencies and organizations) to the table, including veterans themselves, to brainstorm and negotiate about how these transportation needs can be met. The toolkit would also describe the role of the focal point agency as the convener of a dialogue among these community agencies on how to meet the transportation needs of local veterans and as the facilitator of a collaborative process in which these agencies develop a comprehensive local transportation services plan for veterans that they will jointly implement. The comprehensive transportation services plan should spell out all the resources each of the local community partners has committed to enhance transportation opportunities for veterans, as well as the specific actions each will take individually and in collaboration with other local partners to implement the plan. ASSESS TRANSPORTATION NEEDS OF SPECIAL GROUPS OF VETERANS Much more research needs to be done on the transportation needs of a number of special veteran groups: this work should start with women and tribal veterans. There may be some results from the 2009 National Survey of Veterans that would help point to specific concerns or communities with specific concerns but, as noted in Chapter 1, there are some serious limitations regarding the breadth of data from that survey. A national survey of transportation issues faced by veterans would be an extremely effective resource for contrasting transportation needs of veterans in general with specific travel needs of veterans who are female or tribal members. Access issues involving all types of destinations, not just those destinations involving medical care. 76