Wounded Warrior Family Support tour rolls through Laurel

2014-07-31T10:04:00Z 2014-08-02T23:39:06Z Wounded Warrior Family Support tour rolls through LaurelBy CHRIS CIOFFI ccioffi@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

At noon Sunday, a 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will roar into Laurel Ford, 500 E. 4th St., as part of The High Five Tour — a program hosted by the Wounded Warrior’s Family Support program.

The tour, led by United States Marine Corps Reserves Col. John Folsom, crosses the country visiting 65 locations to raise awareness and funds for injured veterans and their families.

People who attend the event are encouraged to sign the Mustang with words of support to disabled veterans.

Once the tour is concluded, the car will be auctioned. The proceeds go to building specialized homes and providing respite care for disabled veterans and their families.

Laurel Ford is the only Montana stop on its 27,000-mile journey and Laurel Ford General Manager Chris Christianson couldn’t be more excited.

“I’m jacked; I’m pumped,” he said. “We’re just totally honored that they’re going to be here.”

A Marine Corps veteran, he jumped at the chance when his dealership was asked to become involved.

“It’s kind of a thank you in reverse,” he said. “The whole spirit of the deal is to thank the people who support the troops.”

The event will run for three hours, and they will be cooking up free hot dogs and hamburgers for people who attend, he said. “We can feed 500 people.”

The event will be held on a Sunday, a non-retail day for the dealership, because the focus should be on thanking troops who have been hurt in the line of duty, not selling cars, he said.

Ten percent of Montana’s population are veterans, he pointed out, and he’s proud to be from Montana, where residents are supportive of the men and women who have served.

“The support that I see here, I’m just moved beyond belief,” he said.

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