An area Car wash company is partnering with two national groups who help severely wounded soldiers. The soldiers are already involved with a program called the Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project that offers them a free chance to be active again.
"They're beaten down, and what they need that very moment is something that will enable them to believe in themselves again," said Kirk Bauer, executive director of Disabled Sports USA and founder of the program.
Disabled Sports USA, The Wounded Warrior Project, and Sparkling Image Car Wash's parent company Wash Depot are involved in this particular fundraising effort.
Each time, a wash discount booklet is sold at the Indianapolis area car wash locations, a portion of the proceeds help fund year round sports rehabilitation programs for the wounded. These are men and women who have undergo multiple surgeries and painful rehab at VA and military hospitals across the country.
"We did over $60,000 company-wide last year," said Ryan Stoller, a Sparkling Image Car Wash assistant manager.
"The explosion was enough to puncture the seat where I was sitting and took both my legs below the knee," said Josh Wegee, a wounded warrior who participated in a pre-Super Bowl flag football game.
"To take the field with guys like this, and the other pro's, it means everything," said Matt Kinsey, another wounded soldier.
The discount program began on May 1st, and it will continue throughFather's Day, June 17th.
"They can learn to get on a bike again without falling, to swing a golf club and hit the ball 150 yards, to go skiing down a mountain," said Bauer.
"Trying to remember all those that served for us, and did lose ther lives, or became disabled, I think it's a great time to stop and think about what we're doing, and what they did for us," said Curt Reigelsberger, a Sparkling Image Car Wash customer.
The Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project has already served more than 5,600 injured soldiers.