COLUMBIA – Welcome Home and Cars 4 Heroes teamed up the day before Veterans Day to donate a car to a vet who needed one.
Cars 4 Heroes, a Kansas City group that donates cars to veterans who need them, surprised local Army-vet Bryan McNeil. Welcome Home, a shelter that aids veterans in Columbia, hosted the event. McNeil was a resident there for a little under a year, and by March of 2016 he was back on his feet.
“I’ve always heard you’re just a paycheck away from the streets, and I found out firsthand that’s no joke.” McNeil said.
A car crash in 1986 cut McNeil’s tenure in the Army short. Major injuries to his hip, knees and shoulder led to his honorable discharge from the service. The injuries still affect him today.
“I had some major surgery done while I was at [Welcome Home],” McNeil said. “I had to relearn how to walk all over again.”
Without a car, McNeil was forced to rely on public transportation and walking to get to his doctor’s appointments and do everyday errands. Welcome Home suggested he apply for a car donation from Cars 4 Heroes. Read full story HERE