A special Mustang rolled into Gulfport Thursday, June 5. Its mission is to help wounded veterans.
U.S. Air Force Veteran, Amie Kahler, served three tours in the Middle East as an airman. But her thirteen-year military career came to an abrupt end after she contracted a debilitating disease in Iraq.
Kahler explained, “I get hives on the outside and the inside that close up my airways.”
Because of disabled veterans like Kahler, the group, Wounded Warriors Family Support raises money for veterans in need. Right now, the group is on its High Five Tour; they are driving around the country in a Mustang painted with the American flag to raise awareness and money.
John Folsom, a retired veteran of the U.S.M.C. and spokesperson of Wounded Warriors Family Support, says, “We do with what we have, to do really good things for those families and to make sure those families stay together.”
Today Wounded Warriors Family Support stopped at Butch Oustalet Ford on Highway 49 to receive a 1,000 dollar donation. Wounded Warriors Family Support is trying to raise one million dollars to build two smart homes. The homes are designed to help veterans with severe disabilities to live a more comfortable life.
Erich Anderson of Butch Oustalet Ford says, “There’s a lot of big problems with the V.A. lately, and the American people really need to pay tribute to those who were wounded and fought for us in these different wars.”
The aftermath of the recent V.A. scandal is an example of how organizations like Wounded Warriors Family Support try to pick up where the federal government left off.
Kahler uses the V.A. on a regular basis to receive care for her disability. She tell News 25 it is often a frustrating experience and she’s glad there are groups like Wounded Warriors Family Support to help, as well.
Kahler says, “There are solders out there like myself who have family—with multiple children—that are having a hard time making ends meet. And foundations like this help them out.”
To donate to Wounded Warriors Family Support visit their website at highfivetour.com