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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man who gave so much to his country got a big help getting around today.

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Samuel Schoenheit was shot in the head in Afghanistan in 2008. His right side was paralyzed, but after years of intense therapy, he can walk and drive his brand new truck. It’s compliments of the Semper Fi Fund and Jeff Gordon Chevrolet.

The truck is equipped with a steering knob and a left-foot pedal.

The Semper Fi fund helps enhance quality of life for injured or sick members of the armed services.

“It does feel good, but I’m not out for fame and glory. ‘Hey, look at me.’ But it is nice to have everybody here to support me, and it feels nice,” Schoenheit said.

Schoenheit said the truck was a huge surprise. He’s moving to Nashville soon, so it will be a big help. He is so appreciative and said he’s certainly going to take care of his new ride.

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2015 years 10 months ago

Thank you for your sacrifice to our country. I hope you enjoy the truck.

2015 years 10 months ago

Thank you to those who stepped up and made this possible for this young man. I don’t know him or his family, but I just want to thank all of them for standing up for us. He served his duty well and now it is time to thank him.

His future looks good, and I pray that he will use what he has learned to help others and I pray that he will be able to overcome what happened in Afghanistan and live the rest of his life in the service of others.

Thank you again to all that helped him – may the work that you do be blessed.


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