One of our local car dealers has a TV commercial announcing a contest titled “Vehicles for Vets.” The winning veteran would receive a free car in gratitude for their dedication and service to our country.
That got me thinking. There are so many veterans in Western New York and also so many different automobile dealerships. I propose that once a year every car dealership would donate a brand new or used car to a veteran. Those dealerships that have multiple brands of cars could award one vehicle from each place.
Yes, it would be a noticeable financial sacrifice for each dealership. But it is little compared to the personal sacrifices of all of the women and men who have served our country – and the world – and have suffered so much as a result: physically, mentally and in their relationships.
Many have no means to go to doctor appointments, support groups or even get or hold down a job because they lack transportation. Through the years I have counseled many of them. Some have reached such depths of despair that they feel worthless and abandoned. A car could renew their sense of possibilities and freedom and reconnect them with the love and friendships that have escaped them.
This is the least we can do to show them our appreciation and gratitude.