AAMCO’S “50 Cars in 50 States” Reaches Iraq War Veteran in Arkansas
Fort Smith veteran enjoys free car repairs from Fayetteville AAMCO centerAAMCO | 05/01/2013
Leroy Farmer is a decorated Army veteran from Fort Smith, Ark. During his 13 years with the Army, the Staff Sergeant served in the 101st Airborne Division, the Second Infantry Division in South Korea, and the 362nd Psychological Operations Company in Operation Iraqi Freedom. For his heroic service, he was awarded the Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device, and the Valorous Unit Award.
Mr. Farmer sustained serious injuries during his service, including traumatic brain injury, moderate degenerative disc disease in his back and post traumatic stress. He is on permanent disability as a result. He lives with his wife, Tina Farmer, and their two children. Mr. Farmer relies on his 2002 Honda Accord to run daily errands, take his children to soccer, Cub Scouts and Brownie activities, and to attend medical appointments at the Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center, more than an hour drive from his home. But, the failing condition of his car and his financial situation have made it difficult for Mr. Farmer to get to his engagements and obtain the medical care he needs. He was nominated to participate in AAMCO’s program by the commander of the MOPH Department of Arkansas.
“I am deeply grateful for the generosity of AAMCO of Fayetteville Arkansas, said Leroy Farmer. “The difficulties of raising a family on disability income only would have meant that the car would have been left unrepaired for a long time. The lack of an economic vehicle would have produced a great strain on my family.”
Mr. Farmer picked up his newly repaired car on May 1 from the AAMCO of Fayetteville service center, at 3270 West College Avenue, where the services were provided free of charge. He dropped off his car on April 1. Technicians conducted a complete diagnostic inspection, and then made the needed repairs that included a totally rebuilt transmission and a new engine mount.
“It was a pleasure and an honor to help our veterans,” said Waymon Henry, AAMCO of Fayetteville owner.