The Upstate is home to more than 100,000 veterans and South Carolina is among a handful of states experiencing an increased population of veterans. Greenville Health System’s Military and Government Liaison Office oversees the health system’s various projects involving veterans and partners with other groups across the Upstate focused on veterans issues.
The office also manages The Peace House, which is a free place for veterans to stay while receiving outpatient services at GHS facilities.
GHS’ work with veterans includes research, such as a traumatic brain injury study led by Acceleration Sports Institute, and driving simulator exercises tested by Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research and DriveSafety in conjunction with work at Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital. The simulators help veterans who have experienced combat-related injuries return to driving.
Other GHS initiatives focused on veterans—include Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital partnering with residents of Keowee Key to provide respite for injured Marines through the Honoring Their Service initiative. GHS also provides a team of volunteers and medical supplies for Honor Flight Upstate’s day trips to Washington for World War II and Korean War veterans.
Kevin McBride serves as director of the GHS Military and Government Liaison Office. He’s a retired Marine gunnery sergeant, who served 23 years in the U.S. Marine Corps.
The GHS Military and Government Liaison Office is located on the Patewood Medical Campus in the Corporate Services Center. The office’s phone number is (864) 454-2340.