For Immediate Release
8 November 2019
Monterey-Salinas Transit Honors Veterans and Recognizes Veteran Volunteer Navigator
In honor of Veterans Day, MST would like to celebrate and thank all veterans for their bravery and sacrifice. MST is especially proud to recognize Christian Natoli for his service in the United States Army, and now as an MST volunteer Navigator. Navigators provide a variety of support to MST and the community, working side-by-side with staff in promoting mobility for individuals with travel challenges. Navigators provide assistance to riders, help educate the public on transportation, participate in community outreach services, and most importantly, make a difference in the lives of veterans, seniors, persons with disabilities, and others in our community who experience travel challenges.
Christian was encouraged to apply to become a volunteer Navigator by his Case Manager at the Veteran’s Transition Center after attending a presentation on MST’s mobility services. His friendly and helpful demeanor made him a great fit for the role. When asked what he enjoys most about being a Navigator, Christian simply responded, “Helping people, meeting new people, being a resource for others.” This is exactly what the volunteer Navigator program is about – helping those who need a hand. MST would like to thank and express our appreciation to United States Army veteran and volunteer Navigator Christian Natoli for his contributions to our country and community.
MST also continues its tradition of honoring veterans on Veterans Day by partnering with 8 veterans services agencies in Monterey County to select individuals in need of transportation services, and providing selected veterans with a free MST bus pass in honor of their service to our country.
Free passes are provided by Measure Q, a 1/8–cent transportation sales tax approved by voters in November 2014 to benefit seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. Measure Q also funds the taxi voucher program and discount fares (half price to veterans, seniors, and persons with disabilities) on the MST bus system.