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GRANITE SHOALS — A string of donations has breathed new life into a transportation program that helps veterans gain access to medical care and services.

Burnet County VetRides, a charitable service, assists honorably discharged veterans with transportation to and from medical facilities and services, including area VA hospitals, diagnostic centers and pharmacies.

Burnet County VetRides began in 2010 with seed money from the Texas Veterans Commission. In 2012, the program received $100,000 in grant funding from the commission. The state denied renewal of the grant funding in 2013.

To adjust for the loss in money, coordinators launched a local fundraising effort, reduced the group’s fleet from four to three vans and opted for volunteers instead of paid drivers, McCoy said.

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