Veteran gifted with new car at VA Medical Center 5K

Posted at 7:22 PM, Nov 02, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A veteran was gifted a new car during the 5K at the VA Medical Center on Saturday.

Shawn Riley served in the Army for a dozen years before he was medically retired.

That's why when Riley and his family were connected to the Military Warriors Support Foundation, the organization looked to see what it could to to make life easier for them.

On Saturday, during the VA 5k at the VA Medical Center on Leestown Road, Riley and his family were gifted a new car.

"It's something that they needed that will help their family go from surviving to thriving," said David Dougherty with Military Warriors Support Foundation.

According to Riley, the car is a blessing for the family with three kids.

"It means that we don't have a car payment and it's really going to help us out with the financial burden of having another vehicle," he said. "It's a gift from God. it really is a blessing, not only to our family but every family that the organization touches and we just thank them so much."

Hundreds participated in the VA 5k on Saturday, with all proceeds going to benefit the VA Medical Center and its patients.

Walmart donated more than $60,000 towards construction on a Fisher House, which would house veterans as they receive medical treatment at the VA.