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December 12, 2018 | Mysti Jordan
Most of us, when we get a car, we’re looking for something that’s going to last us a long time. We take care of it and do the oil changes and tire rotations and try to keep it running as long as possible.
Ron has been driving the same pickup truck for forty years. What he’s doing with that truck is pretty remarkable: he transports the bodies of Vietnam veterans who have passed to their final resting place, free of charge. He wants to honor them and make sure that’s one less thing the family has to worry about in their time of grieving.
Recently, though, Ron’s truck started to give out on him. It had 150,000 miles on it, and it was giving every indication that its time on the road was just about up. Ron, by the way is a Vietnam veteran himself, so this has been a real labor of love for him. He even had the names of veterans who lost their lives in combat emblazoned on the side of this truck. It means everything to him. This service is something that he’s been offering since the 60s, and he says he’s made roughly 500 trips to various cemeteries on the east coast.
When the truck started acting up, he felt certain that he wasn’t going to be able to continue to provide this service. What he didn’t know is that community firefighters and veterans who just think the world of him began fundraising so they could buy Ron a used truck, and after the purchase, they planned to modify it with what he needs to carry those caskets.
And that’s exactly what they did. Earlier this week, Ron was given his new to him truck so that he could continue this amazing service that he’s provided to so many families over the years.