Vietnam War veteran, Michael Ferguson, received a special gift on Tuesday, Dec. 18th during Marriott International's Connect Conference at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina in San Diego, CA. Mr. Ferguson received a 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor that has been specially modified to accommodate his needs.
Mr. Arne Sorenson (President and CEO of Marriott International) and Colonel John Folsom (President of Wounded Warriors Family Support) were on hand to present the keys to the Raptor to Mr. Ferguson.
The vehicle was purchased and modified through donations made by Marriott International, its employees, and the general public who support Wounded Warriors Family Support's "Mobility Is Freedom" program. Modifications made to the truck include: a swivel transfer driver's seat, hand controls for acceleration and braking, a crane style lift for a wheelchair or scooter, a heavy-duty steel topper, and high-profile safety lighting.
"We are extremely honored to serve our military heroes and their families, including Mr. Ferguson," says Colonel John Folsom. "But, we could not support our veterans without the generosity of the American public and businesses like Marriott."
Through the "Mobility Is Freedom" program, Wounded Warriors Family Support has distributed more than 100 vehicles to wounded veterans and Native American tribes across the country.
Mr. Ferguson was born in Decatur Illinois in 1948. In 1966 he went into the Marine Corps and was sent to Vietnam. He was located in the northern part of Vietnam in the demilitarized zone at Con Thien. On November 24, they had cleared an area filled with land mines. The following day on November 25, 1967 the commanding officer told them to clear the area again. While clearing the area Mr. Ferguson stepped on a land mine and lost both legs above the knees.