Assisted Rides Program partners with Low Country Veterans Group

  • Friday, March 14, 2014

  • Updated Friday, March 14, 2014 9:52 am

Michael Sparkman and Andrew Nelson

On Aug. 12, 1932 Andrew Nelson was born and raised in Georgetown. He served his country in the military for 6 years. In the late 1940s he was drafted into the Navy Reserve to protect his country. He enjoyed his first three years so much that he reenlisted into the military transferring over to the Army where he served an additional three years.

While serving active duty, Mr. Nelson was deployed to Korea. He lived in Korea during the Korean War for 2 years working as a Military Police. His job duties were to arrest and charge criminal suspects while providing security to the citizens of Korea. As a black solider, he witnessed and experienced segregation. Remarkably, in his last year of service he was asked to transfer and serve together with the Caucasians. After his contract ended in 1955, he got married. He has been married to his lovely wife for 59 blissful years. He has 7 children, 25 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Mr. Nelson is a member of the Low Country Veterans Group and a rider with the WRCOG-ADRC Assisted Rides Program. When asked what he likes about the Assisted Rides Program, Mr. Nelson said he likes everything about the program especially his driver. He also highly recommends other veterans consider joining the Low Country Veterans Group. http://www.lowcountryvets.org/

Submitted by

Christlove Thermidor

AmeriCorps* VISTA

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