Continuing a tradition of unique donations that has accompanied its five-year sponsorship of the Army-Navy Game, Chevrolet gave a 2015 Colorado to a military family that was reunited during the presentation.
Former General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, joined with Wish for Our Heroes to present the midsize pickup to U.S. Army Sgt. Jonathon Preston Thompson and his family.
The surprise, on-field presentation at M&T Bank Stadium reunited Sgt. Thompson, his wife Elizabeth and his daughter, Reese.
Chevrolet made the Colorado, recently named MOTOR TREND Truck of the Year, available to the Wish for Our Heroes organization to award to a deserving military family.
“As we’ve seen with the Thompsons and millions of others, military families make huge sacrifices for our country, and it feels good to celebrate Sgt. Thompson’s homecoming with a brand-new truck,” said Akerson.
Wish for Our Heroes assists U.S. military men and women, providing resources to families focused on basic needs non-military families take for granted. Founded by Jeff Wells in Noblesville, Ind., in 2009, its goal is to grant one wish to every deserving member of the U.S. military. Wish for Our Heroes today is a national charity granting wishes in 48 of 50 states.
Sergeant Thompson has deployed twice and served with distinction through Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Earlier this year, his family suffered a fire at their home at Fort Riley, Kan., from which they are still recovering.
“We join with Chevrolet in welcoming Sgt. Thompson home as we continue our work to help military men and women and their families,” said Wells. “Our charter calls for assistance wherever and whenever possible to these heroes – it’s what we work toward every day.”