- Associated Press - Thursday, July 4, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has created a committee of 12 people to help find the first leader of a new state cabinet agency to oversee veterans’ issues.

McMaster appointed former state Adjutant General Robert Livingston to lead the group. It includes two lawmakers who are veterans as well as the commander of the state department of the Disabled American Veterans and the state commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Also on the panel are veterans working in the private sector.

Legislators passed a bill in May making Department of Veterans’ Affairs a cabinet agency. Previously, the state’s Division of Veterans Affairs was in a different department.

McMaster says in a statement the group’s first meeting will be in the coming weeks.

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