The Disabled American Veterans, Grand Strand Chapter 30, purchased a new van to transport VA patients to the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston. Commander Carroll Prosser asked Horry County Council to assist with the purchase, and Councilman Paul Prince, along with the council, agreed to donate $15,000 toward the total cost of the van, which was $27,266.50.
The 12-passenger van transports patients five days a week from the Myrtle Beach VA Outpatient Clinic and is driven by volunteers, who drive about 1,000 miles each week and donate more than 40 hours of service. Grand Strand Chapter 30 has purchased numerous vans since the 1980s and donated them to the Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers to ensure that injured or ill veterans are able to get to their medical appointments.
Patients needing transportation to Charleston can call 477-0177, ext. 2410. Patients should call three days prior to their appointment to be sure they have a seat on the van.