A new, 12-passenger van to transport Oconee veterans to the government health care they require was dedicated during ceremony in Walhalla, attended by dignitaries that traveled from as far as Greenville and Columbia, including Harmon Evans, president of the S.C. Disabled Americans Veterans. Evans helped pay special attention to those who make the van trips possible, the volunteer drivers. James Hamilton, director of the Dorn Veterans Hospital in Columbia, delivered greetings and remarked that he was proud to be a witness to an historic event for veterans. A Greenville colleague of Hamilton, Rich Bogan, talked about a new medical clinic that is being prepared to care for Oconee and other upstate veterans. According to Jerry Dyar, county veterans’ affairs officer, 12 Oconee veterans groups raised a total of $15 thousand placed toward the cost of the van decorated in red, white and blue.