COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – One of the most rewarding things about our area is the outpouring of support for veterans in need.
Anyone who serves our country deserves special treatment.
But what about the children of veterans, who can suffer their own stress and strains when Mom or Dad are away from home or get severely injured during their service?
We are proud to play a small role in helping one of those children.
The Smith family of Columbus was surprised to learn their 7-year-old daughter So'Maiya had been chosen as the winner of the WTVM Children's Military Dream Room Makeover.
She is about to receive a new room fit for a princess.
The non-profit organization Active Heroes, along with our partners BMW of Columbus and Montlick & Associates are the forces behind the Military Room Makeover as a way to honor Carlos, So'Maiya's, father whose military career was cut short due to a devastating motorcycle accident that left him partially paralyzed and missing his lower left leg.
Active Heroes is a national group founded by Iraq veteran Troy Yocum, who once hiked across America to publicize veterans' needs.
He came to Columbus to surprise the Smith family and bring some joy to Carlos, his wife and daughter.
In coming weeks we will reveal So'Maiya's new bedroom. She told us she has been afraid to sleep alone after her father's accident. So the real mission of Active Heroes, and our client partners is to create a bedroom for So'Maiya that will bring sweet dreams to her and her family for years to come.
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