COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A cross country tour meant to bring awareness to the cost of freedom made a stop at the National Infantry Museum on Thursday.
A truck specially outfitted to suit combat wounded veterans is being driven coast to coast by two disabled veterans, who are gathering signatures and messages of support from communities around the country.
Called the "Purple Heart Run," the initiative seeks to rally support and gratitude for the roughly 1.8 million Purple Heart recipients in the U.S., along with other disabled military members.
"This is the tenth vehicle that the Wounded Warrior family has bought and made available for a disabled veteran who needs a way to get freedom and that is our mission," said veteran Joseph P. Tidwell.
Columbus Purple Heart Chapter 492 and the local Buffalo Soldier chapter were there to sign the truck and make donations to the cause.
The truck will be presented to a wounded Marine in Washington D.C. on Saturday.