Organization helps wounded hero drive again

By News 14 Carolina Staff | News 14 Carolina | | May 12, 2011


WILMINGTON, NC – A wounded warrior gets the keys to a new ride for his service.


On Thursday, Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Samuel Schoenheit was presented with a brand new Chevy truck specially adapted to fit his needs. Schoenheit was critically injured in 2008 in Afghanistan when he was shot in the head.

After years of therapy, he is now qualified to drive. The non-profit organization, Semper Fi funded a $20,000 grant and the VA helps with loans.


“It really is a blessing, the guys at the dealership and just everybody is so supportive and thankful,” said Schoenheit, U.S. Marines.


A modified vehicle can cost around $40,000 and the organization tries to leave the wounded warrior without a car payment. Since March, the Semper Fi fund has provided close to 1,500 grants.”


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