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Van service to VA hospital vital for veterans
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Van riders shake hands with volunteer driver Don Fancher on Tuesday as he drops them off in the Big Lots parking lot. From left are veterans William McNeal, Danny Kiles, Mark Whitmire and Fancher, who volunteers two or three days a month for the run to the Atlanta VA hospital. - photo by NAT GURLEY
The three men slipped out of their vehicles as the passenger van rolled up at daybreak Tuesday at the Big Lots in Gainesville. Immediately, the van driver, Don Fancher, greeted them with bad news: Interstate 85 was closed at Interstate 285 because of an accident. The trip to the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Decatur might take longer than normal.