Purple Heart recipient, U.S. Marine Corps veteran from Michigan’s Thumb gets free car

CARO, MI — A Purple Heart recipient and U.S. Marine Corps veteran was gifted a payment-free car during a ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 8, in Michigan’s Thumb region.

The Military Warriors Support Foundation and corporate sponsors honored retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Curtis Terry of Fostoria, Michigan, presenting him with the key to a silver Hyundai Thursday afternoon at Walmart Supercenter, located at 1121 E. Caro St. Walmart and Keurig Dr Pepper sponsored the vehicle through the Military Warriors Support Foundation’s Transporation4Heroes program.

“I really don’t think I did a lot. I mean, I did my job, I went over, did what I was supposed to do, and I signed up for it,” Terry told reporters at the event. “But getting something like this, it means a lot. It means people do care.”

Terry, a Tulsa, Oklahoma native, served in the Marine Corps from November 2002 to July 2013. He was wounded in January 2006 by an IED during combat operations in Iraq, according to a news release. He received a Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and other awards.

“I was hit with a triple-stacked IED. We were right outside Fallujah, Iraq,” Terry said. “We had five days left before we were coming back home and next thing you know, we ran over the pressure plate that initially set everything off, so I spent 18 months in the hospital…relearned how to walk, talk and do everything all over again.”

Fourteen years later, Terry said he still has “hurdles” he tries to get over every day. His message to other veterans is this: “If you need help, get the help, get the treatment.”

In addition to the vehicle, Military Warriors Support Foundation will provide Terry’s family with one year of family and financial mentorship sponsored by Keurig Dr Pepper and Walmart, the release states.

MLive Multimedia Specialist Kaytie Boomer contributed to this report.

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