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Replacement van will make VA trips easier for local veterans


Dawn Graves

From left: Veterans Verlin Bruns of Chappell, Leon Bell of Sidney and Bob Schaaf of Sidney pose along with driver Wilmer Brauer and Cheyenne County Veterans Service Officer Ron Gusman in front of the 2014 Ford Explorer that transports veterans to their appointments at the V.A. Medical Center in Cheyenne. The Explorer replaced the old van, which had racked up more than 300,000 miles during its service.

Area veterans needing a lift to the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Cheyenne now get to travel in a brand new vehicle.

A 2014 Ford Explorer has replaced the old 2003 Ford Econoline van which had racked up more than 300,000 miles since it was first acquired in June 2004.

According to Cheyenne County Veterans Service Officer Ron Gusman, half of the funds for the $28,400 vehicle were provided through the Columbia Trust, a program within the Disabled American Veterans that helps allocate funds for veterans' needs. The other half was raised through contributions and donations by local...

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