Columbia VA Health Care System
November 16, 2018
Gamecocks fans answer challenge for VeteransStory by Jennifer Scales, Columbia VA Health Care System Public Affairs Office
Columbia, S.C. - It began with a request to the Columbia community during a radio interview.
Jim Wertman, a chairman of the annual Vets Christmas Charity Ride, was on local radio station FM 94.3-The Dude, discussing the upcoming charity ride event, when the challenge was made to listeners for supporting Veterans by giving up their unused or extra University of South Carolina Gamecocks football tickets.
As usual for this Gamecock area, the fans showed up and showed out, by giving away nearly 50 tickets for the local Nov. 17 matchup between the Chattanooga Mocs and the South Carolina Gamecocks. From Spartanburg to Society Hill and points throughout the state, fans readily gave up their tickets or even bought some in support of the Veterans. Many of the tickets were in prime locations, such as those seats along the 50-yard line.
Tammy Finney, chief, Community Relations (Comrel) & Engagement Service for the Columbia VA Health Care System, was able to randomly hand out tickets to several Gamecock Veteran fans who were in the facility for service and care. Other tickets were provided to Veteran employees on a first come-first serve basis.