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Lowcountry group gets new ride to take veterans to doctor's appointments

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The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 12 in Beaufort has purchased its third van to transport veterans to and from doctor's appointments. (Credit: Josie Gregory)

The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 12 in Beaufort has purchased its third van to transport veterans to and from doctor's appointments.

More than 60,000 veterans call Beaufort County home, and 1,400 of those are part of DAV Chapter 12.

"Any veteran that has a disability and has an appointment at the doctor, they call us," said Ron Voegeli, a Marine veteran with the chapter.

The DAV chapter will arrange someone to pick up any veteran and take them to and from their appointments at the VA Beaufort Clinic or the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston.

"Either they're getting older, they're not being able to drive, their eyesight is bad, their wife can't drive them anymore," he said.

It has been 10 years since the chapter has been able to purchase another van. The new, third van is a 2017 Ford Flex.

"We have a van in Sun City that goes every Tuesday and Thursday to Charleston. We have two vans in Beaufort, and we run them Monday through Friday," Voegeli said.

The Ford Flex is now one of the Monday through Friday vans.

The DAV Chapter 12 began raising money for the van in December. They were able to raise the $26,400 price tag in nine months.

"All the veteran service organizations have donated money. Individual members from the DAV have donated money. Churches have donated money," he said.

The chapter is only responsible for purchasing the vehicle. Then, they will donate it to the VA.

"The hospital takes care of the insurance, the gas, the upkeep," Voegeli said.

The chapter is looking for volunteer drivers. If you have a clean driving record and would like to transport veterans to and from their doctor's appointments, call Ron Voegeli at 843-812-2796.