A Ford dealership in Upshur County is joining a national effort to thank veterans and their families.
This road trip is raising money to help wounded warriors by signing a car with a message of support.
The High Five Tour 2014 is thanking the nation's military and its families. Its mission is to raise funds to build two smart homes for two wounded warriors, and its only stop in West Virginia was in Buckhannon on Wednesday.
During its four month tour, a 2014 Mustang Shelby GT 500 will travel more than 26,000 miles as it crisscrosses the United States. The tour pledges $1 million to build specially designed, custom built homes for the two deserving wounded warriors.
Staff Sergeant Jason Ross, USMC and Captain Anthony Simone, USAF and their families in San Diego, California and Joliet, Illinois have been chosen. Both of Jason’s legs were taken above his knees, and that means he will never walk again. Anthony suffered a severe brain injury he sustained after his helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan.
A “smart home” is a custom-designed house built to address the individual needs of wounded warriors. The homes are energy-efficient and provide severely wounded veterans ease of accessibility and automation that allows them to live more independent lives.
For Rick Dagwell of Wounded Warrior Family Support, the feeling of being a part of this event is unbelievable.
"The opportunity for them to come out and sign the car, and my ability to get it to them is absolutely great, it's living a dream," said Dagwell.
The car is traveling to 65 cities in 48 states on a mission to say thank you. Jenkins Ford was chosen as West Virginia's location because of the franchises sponsorship. The tour started with a one mile run led by army national guard members.
General Manager Joey Jenkins said being a chosen for this is an honor.
"You know its such a high honor we know so many military families, and so many of our customers are in the military, and for us to have this type of event is such a high honor," said Jenkins.
100 percent of the funds donated will go directly to the construction of the homes. The tour will end in Maine on Aug 30.