Retired U.S. Army National Guard Sergeant receives free car

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – For some, they came to the Annual VA 5K to donate participate, and support veterans but for one family they came to pick up their brand new car.

The military warrior support foundation provides mortgage-free homes, payment free cars, and outdoor adventures.

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Shawn Riley served for 12 and a half years and retired due to medical reasons.
his wife melissa and his kids joined him at the event to pick up their new car.

“It’s going to bless our family immensely. It’s going to take a burden off of our family for an extra vehicle and it’s really going to help us out transporting all of these kids,” Riley said.

Riley says this gift will help support their family… without the financial burden of a new car.

David Dougherty with the foundation says they picked the Riley family based on their needs.

“The reason it’s so important to me is I’m a retired army sergeant major. I served for 25 years. I’ve spent a lot of time in combat with our guys and girls and I’ve devoted the rest of my life to helping so for me it’s a way of giving back to the hero’s that mean so much to me,” Dougherty said.

he says it’s great to support veterans any way they can, Riley agrees.

“It’s good to get the community involved with veterans awareness and how important it is for the community to know what veterans do and to appreciate them. Anything that does that, that raises awareness of the community for veterans and what they do is a good thing. It’s amazing,” Riley said.

The 5k also benefits the Lexington Fisher House Building Project, which is scheduled for groundbreaking next fall.

It is a home where military and veterans’ families stay for free while their loved ones are in the VA hospital.

It is a seven million dollar home with 16 private bedrooms and an open kitchen, dining room and living room.