Welcome Home and Cars 4 Heroes donate car to disabled Columbia veteran

2 months 1 week 5 days ago Friday, November 10 2017 Nov 10, 2017 Friday, November 10, 2017 3:33:00 PM CST November 10, 2017 in News
By: Pat Mueller, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Welcome Home and Cars 4 Heroes teamed up the day before Veterans Day to donate a car to a vet who needed one. 

Cars 4 Heroes, a Kansas City group that donates cars to veterans who need them, surprised local Army-vet Bryan McNeil. Welcome Home, a shelter that aids veterans in Columbia, hosted the event. McNeil was a resident there for a little under a year, and by March of 2016 he was back on his feet.

"I've always heard you're just a paycheck away from the streets, and I found out firsthand that's no joke." McNeil said.

A car crash in 1986 cut McNeil's tenure in the Army short. Major injuries to his hip, knees and shoulder led to his honorable discharge from the service. The injuries still affect him today. 

"I had some major surgery done while I was at [Welcome Home]," McNeil said. "I had to relearn how to walk all over again." 

Without a car, McNeil was forced to rely on public transportation and walking to get to his doctor's appointments and do everyday errands. Welcome Home suggested he apply for a car donation from Cars 4 Heroes. 

Terry Franz, the founder of Cars 4 Heroes said people donate cars to the group, and it fixes them up before giving them away. 

"Almost everyday we're giving a car away to somebody, and it feels wonderful," Franz said. 

The group gives away around 200 cars a year nationwide, Franz said. In Kansas City, he's known as the 'Car Santa.' 

Franz said McNeil was a perfect candidate for the group's mission. McNeil was under the impression he was still going through the application process when he came to Welcome Home today. 

"I got a ride here today, and I'm not gonna need a ride home now," McNeil said. "It's a sense of independence and some people take it for granted." 

Franz said surprising McNeil was the first step to bringing Cars 4 Heroes to Columbia permanently. 

"We want to start out in Columbia and tell everybody in the Mid-Mo area we're looking for cars to be donated so we can help some veterans," Franz said. 

McNeil has some advice for his fellow veterans who are in a dark place. 

"You might have to let go a little bit of pride to ask for some help," McNeil said. "You'll do yourself a service if you ask... It'll come, just be patient."

More information about Cars 4 Heroes is available on its website. 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — More than 200 people gathered at Missouri's Capitol this weekend to celebrate the first year... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, January 21 2018 Jan 21, 2018 Sunday, January 21, 2018 3:19:27 PM CST January 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- A Columbia resident's Facebook status went viral after he posted a video of an Eagle Stop gas pump charging... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, January 21 2018 Jan 21, 2018 Sunday, January 21, 2018 12:53:00 PM CST January 21, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The University of Missouri is using its Extension program to bring the faculty, research and students... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, January 21 2018 Jan 21, 2018 Sunday, January 21, 2018 12:01:00 PM CST January 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The city is hosting six Vision Zero town hall meetings, beginning on Monday night, to discuss Vision Zero... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, January 21 2018 Jan 21, 2018 Sunday, January 21, 2018 10:23:00 AM CST January 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The man wanted for his alleged involvement in the deadly New Year's Day Waffle House shooting has been... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, January 21 2018 Jan 21, 2018 Sunday, January 21, 2018 9:54:00 AM CST January 21, 2018 in News
BOONVILLE - The gym filled with over 100 people roared with applause and laughter. In the gym, two-year-old Finn Shikles... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, January 20 2018 Jan 20, 2018 Saturday, January 20, 2018 10:41:00 PM CST January 20, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri was among a handful of Democrats in the Senate... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, January 20 2018 Jan 20, 2018 Saturday, January 20, 2018 6:19:00 PM CST January 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Hundreds of Missourians gathered at the Boone County Courthouse Plaza Saturday to march 10 blocks with the intention... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 20 2018 Jan 20, 2018 Saturday, January 20, 2018 5:20:00 PM CST January 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - One year ago, President Donald Trump was sworn into office, and on Saturday, supporters held a rally... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 20 2018 Jan 20, 2018 Saturday, January 20, 2018 5:00:00 PM CST January 20, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS - A CNN report that the FBI has opened an inquiry into Gov. Eric Greitens "would not be... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 20 2018 Jan 20, 2018 Saturday, January 20, 2018 4:05:00 PM CST January 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – A Jefferson City woman is encouraging people to lock their car doors after she caught a thief... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 20 2018 Jan 20, 2018 Saturday, January 20, 2018 3:42:00 PM CST January 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Members of the community met, adopted and played with cats and kittens Saturday at a Columbia pet store.... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 20 2018 Jan 20, 2018 Saturday, January 20, 2018 2:52:00 PM CST January 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens said there was no blackmail or threatened violence in an extramarital... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 20 2018 Jan 20, 2018 Saturday, January 20, 2018 1:09:00 PM CST January 20, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police have made an arrest in a double shooting that left a 46-year-old... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 20 2018 Jan 20, 2018 Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:49:41 PM CST January 20, 2018 in News
SEDALIA - The man suspected in the stabbing death of a woman turned himself in to authorities on Sunday, according... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 20 2018 Jan 20, 2018 Saturday, January 20, 2018 12:33:00 PM CST January 20, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Coyote sightings are becoming more frequent in the St. Louis area, and some are strolling down... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 20 2018 Jan 20, 2018 Saturday, January 20, 2018 10:37:36 AM CST January 20, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The number of confirmed cases of chronic wasting disease in Missouri deer is up, but... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 20 2018 Jan 20, 2018 Saturday, January 20, 2018 10:26:00 AM CST January 20, 2018 in News
RICHMOND, Va. - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public's help with identifying a serial robber called... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 20 2018 Jan 20, 2018 Saturday, January 20, 2018 9:59:00 AM CST January 20, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 41°
6pm 37°
7pm 36°
8pm 35°
9pm 34°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

5:30p
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
6:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 6
6:30p
Wheel of Fortune
5:30p
American Dad!
6:00p
Family Guy
6:30p
Family Guy

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Wall
8:00p
Better Late Than Never
9:00p
The Brave
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Valor
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld