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Wounded Warriors volunteer Ken Foley sit GT500 Ford Mustang during its stop MattesMonday night.  |  Evan F. Moore/For

Wounded Warriors volunteer Ken Foley sit the GT500 Ford Mustang during its stop in Matteson on Monday night. | Evan F. Moore/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: August 17, 2014 6:45AM



Isadore Harris, of Lynwood, served the country on two different occasions, in Operations Desert Storm and Restore Hope.

He believes that any support given to veterans is good for morale.

“It meant a lot when I served. This shows a lot of the support people are giving the military,” Harris said. “I think it’s a great event that recognizes the guys who’ve served our country.”

He was speaking about Wounded Warriors Family Support’s fifth annual High Five Tour, which Monday night made a stop at the Mocha City location in Matteson.

Onlookers were encouraged to show their support for military families by signing a 2014 GT500 Mustang with a message to the country’s veterans and their families.

During a four-month tour, the Mustang is scheduled to travel more than 26,000 miles by heading to more than 60 cities and making stops in 48 states.

Once the tour is done, the car will be auctioned off. Last year’s vehicle sold for $500,000.

One of the event’s sponsors is the National Motor Club. Field services president Scott C. Florence said the company’s role in the event is a simple one.

“We’re raising money to build homes for wounded warriors,” Florence said. “This year, the car has already gone 18,000 miles.”

CEO Matt Krzysiak believes that the country’s veterans deserve whatever they can get.

“Our troops and their families make significant sacrifices for our country and deserve our support in addressing their post-combat needs,” he said.

Ken Foley, who was in the Air Force from 1975 to 1979 and now volunteers with Wounded Warriors, is driving the Mustang through Illinois. He has the car for two weeks before handing it off to the next driver. He is a second-year volunteer.

He said when Wounded Warriors founder Marine Col. John D. Folsom “came to me and explained what he was doing and how it was helping people, I was on board right away.

“It takes everybody to take care of these veterans,” he said. “The VA (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) and the government can only do so much.”

Wounded Warriors was founded by Folsom in 2003. The Nebraska-based nonprofit group provides support to families of those who have been injured, wounded or killed during combat operations.

For more information on the High Five Tour, visit www.HighFiveTour.com. For more information about Wounded Warriors Family Support, visit www.wwfs.org.



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