BEAUMONT - A patriotic muscle car is showing off to raise money for wounded veterans. A Mustang Shelby, decked out in red, white and blue, autographed with messages of love, is touring the United States. The "High Five Tour" is bringing awareness and donations to veterans and their families. The engine started in May in Kansas. Bill Bradford spent a couple hours in Beaumont Wednesday, raising money for veterans' families.
"Wounded Warriors Family Support is our full title and that third word is the key," said Bradford. "It's support of the family."
The Shelby is touring 48 states, collecting 27,000 miles and countless memories.
"There are so many [memories]," said Bradford. "There's always the stories that people share about their loved ones when they're signing the car."
A couple of drivers have taken their turn behind the wheel: pulling up to a new city, accepting donations and letting supporters sign the Shelby in shiny silver ink.
Bradford is finishing out the five-month tour, taking the autographed Mustang to California. He's a Vietnam veteran. That's one of many reasons he's so passionate about raising support for our war heroes.
"When I came home, no one really cared much about us except for hometown people, the America Legion, and the VFW," said Bradford. "The boys coming back now need help. There's over 50,000 that have been wounded and injured in Afghanistan and Iraq alone. I'm passionate about paying it forward."
The goal of the road trip is to raise $1 million. The money funds family retreats and the purchase of modified vehicles. Last year, Bradford said the campaign raised enough to give out 44 Fords to wounded warriors. The Shelby is headed west but it's not too late to show your support.
Click here to learn more about the High Five Tour and to donate: Highfivetour.com
Click here to learn more about Wounded Warriors Family Support (the organization is not affiliated with the Wounded Warrior Project): Wwfs.org
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