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Some Upstate Facilities Help Cater to Veterans

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People at the Statehouse pushed for better care for veterans Wednesday. The South Carolina Veteran's Advocacy Council rallied at the Statehouse in Columbia. Richland County solicitor Dan Johnson, urged people across the state to do all they could to help veterans get the care they need.

Some of these efforts are working VA officers said, as some assisted living facilities in the Upstate were working to cater directly to veterans. At Montrose Manor in Woodruff, owner Dirk Heiser said veterans there have their own space. An upper floor has room for 6 female veterans and a lower floor occupies enough room for 40 or so male veterans.

"The facility will work with VA representatives closely, "Heiser said.

He said there is some medical assistance provided at the facility but they also would provide transportation to larger cities if the veteran needed to travel for medical appointments.

"We've got a van that we provide transportation services for them. We try to go to Greenville or Spartanburg before Dorn but we do go to Columbia if needed," said Heiser.

A representative from the Spartanburg VA said Spartanburg County is the only county who is able to provide transportation at no charge to the veteran, if they need to get care in a larger area.

Veteran Bill Haring told 7 On Your Side he served in the U.S. Air Force and stays at Montrose because it's close to his family in Gray Court and quieter than staying in a big city. Haring said he has COPD from smoking and his hearing is not as good as it once was, so being near medical care is important to him.

"I'm 80 years old so not everything works as well as it would on someone a lot younger," joked Haring.

Veteran Willard Friddle agreed. "It's not like staying in a big city, it's ours. It feels like ours, our home," he said.

To find out if you qualify for financial assistance and benefits with the U.S Department of Veteran's Affairs visit your local office to talk to a representative in person. You can also visit their website or call 1800-827-1000, a 24-7 hotline.

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