Group says destruction of van could put veterans’ healthcare in jeopardy

 Group says destruction of van could put veterans’ healthcare in jeopardy
The van was vandalized and destroyed Tuesday, a Ralph H. Johnson VA Hospital spokesperson said. (Source: Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A group that assists disabled Lowcountry veterans in getting to healthcare appointments is working to replace a van destroyed by vandals.

The van, which was operated by the Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network, gave free rides to veterans who were unable to drive and could not otherwise get a ride to access healthcare, according to Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center spokesperson Tonya Lobbestael.

“Over 8,000 Lowcountry Veterans without transportation rely on our Volunteer Transportation Network,” Fred Lesinski, the chief of community engagement and veteran experience at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, said. “They come here for the care they have earned.”

DAV is working to replace the van as quickly as possible and has asked for the public’s help in donating for a new van.

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The destroyed van was able to transport 12 passengers and will cost more than $36,000 to repace, Lobbestael said.

Anyone with information on the vandalism can call the Summerville Police Department at 843-871-2463 or Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111.

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