OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A military veteran who is now serving as a single dad was surprised with a car on Monday.
“I was deployed to Kuwait for nine months while stationed at Fort Riley under the 128 Infantry and then 2-70th Armor,” said William McCormick. “Was a team leader, Unit Armor, and then spent another six months out process, and now trying to make better life for me and my son.”
McCormick dedicated his life to serving in the military while things were unraveling back home. It’s just him and his son now.
“He's my top priority. Nothing’s going to change that. Everything I do is one step as an improvement for him,” McCormick said.
McCormick came to Bury the Hatchet, a recreational axe-throwing business in Overland Park, thinking it was for a military event.
“Coming back home to civilian life, nothing is easy about it. There's no one there telling you what to do. Hard to do. But I want to introduce you to somebody, this gentleman here,” said Terry Franz with Cars For Heroes.
Really, the whole thing was about McCormick.
“We ended up finding out we had an extra car and so we would love the privilege to give you our extra car,” said Bury the Hatchet owner Behman Zackari.
McCormick and his three-year-old will have a much easier time getting around now. His truck broke down and he has had to get rides from people.
McCormick was silently stunned, but had a smile on his face as he turned the key in the ignition.
“Giving is giving and it creates a ripple effect throughout the world,” said Zackari.