The Louisville Assembly Plant (LAP) hosted the 10th Annual Wounded Warriors Family Support High Five Tour 2019 on Patriot Day, Wednesday, September 11.
The High Five Tour is the quintessential road trip to thank Americans, particularly Ford employees, for their appreciation and support of our nation's military families for the sacrifices that they make when America goes to war.
During the Tour, which concludes on Veteran’s Day typically in New York City, Wounded Warriors Family Support's customized 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor – wrapped in a patriotic design – will travel a 25,000-plus mile trek through 45 states making appearances amongst its many stops at each of Ford’s assembly plants and various dealerships throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois and Michigan.
Wounded Warrior volunteer/HFT Driver Dan Bentch and his wife Sandy were joined by Kentucky Truck Plant Material Handling employee, Veteran and volunteer Steve Nelson during the team’s recent stops in Louisville.
During the LAP stop, employees got a chance to autograph the modified F-150 Raptor and talk with Dan, Sandy and Steve about the vehicle and the High Five Tour.
Through the High Five Tour, Wounded Warriors Family Support’s goal is to raise $1,000,000 to provide veteran programs to combat wounded veterans and their families. Every donation, large or small, helps the group meet their goal of making these veteran programs a reality for many deserving veterans and their families.
This year’s recipient Jack Gill who served as a specialist in the 173rd Airborne in Vietnam, will be presented with the High Five Tour mobility-equipped 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor at a special ceremony.
Gill was nominated to receive the High Five Tour 2019 “Raptor” by the Military Order of the Purple Heart. According to the Wounded Warriors Family Support website, Gill lost both of his legs through wounds incurred by a number of explosives while in combat. He’s a recipient of the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two stars, and Vietnam Campaign Medal with a 1960 bar.
For more information about Wounded Warriors Family Support, visit www.wwfs.org/high-five-tour.