The Wounded Warrior Family Support High Five Tour kicked off their annual tour in Kansas City at the National World War I Museum. During their tour, the group made a stop with their red, white & blue, patriotic-themed 2019 Ford Raptor to the Kansas City Assembly Plant so that workers could sign the vehicle and offer donations toward the cause.
The Wounded Warrior Family Support organization provides assistance to service members and women whom have been injured in combat and require services or specially-equipped vehicles. The recipient chosen for the vehicle was Jack Gill, an Army veteran and double-amputee who served in the Vietnam War in the 173rd Airborne unit.
Dan and Sandy Bentch, members of the Missouri Mustang Owners Club of Greater Kansas City tended to the vehicle to lend support as drivers and organizers of the event. The truck made a stop in Sturgis, South Dakota at a Mustang Rally where the recipient had the opportunity to sit in the truck.
Active in the program for five years, Dan Bentch says being a part of the effort gives him a great sense of pride. “I see it as an honor,” he said. “I served in Vietnam myself and I was lucky to return home in one piece. Some were not as fortunate. I hear a lot of great and sometimes sad stories doing this, but I’m very proud to be a part of it.”
Dennis Young, an operator in Transit Paint made a donation and signed the truck with his signature. “However I can contribute, I will,” he said. “It means so much.”
The truck’s next stop after KCAP will be Kentucky Truck Plant, finishing up with a final stop at Buffalo Stamping Plant in Buffalo, NY.
When the tour began, the truck had only decals and contained no signatures. With multiple stops stacking up, and employees writing messages of gratitude, the signatures have begun filling up every square inch of the surface area. “When we started, it was clean with no writing on it,” said Sandy Bentch. “It will be completely full of silver ink by the time it’s all said and done.”