Jacksonville, FL (August 23, 2022) – Council Member Danny Becton joined Wells Fargo executives and Mr. Bill Lynch, President of Lynch Auto Group, Key Auto Company, and North Florida Lincoln for an event sponsored by the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence, Supporting Empowerment) program. The special event was to honor a local military veteran by providing a donation of a “payment-free”, new 2022 GMC Sierra Crew Cab truck. The honoree, a Jacksonville veteran, was Petty Officer Second Class Mr. Scott Davis.
Mr. Davis joined the Navy in 1997 and became a Navy Corpsman. Mr. Davis was deployed to Iraq in 2003 with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit as a Fleet Marine Force Corpsman, whose job it is to deploy directly in conjunction with Marines and support them on the battlefield. That deployment resulted in him being injured, and shortly after returning home a hip replacement surgery was required. Unfortunately, this was not the end of medical procedures, and due to complications from an infection, his medical condition only got worse. Over the next eight years, Mr. Davis ended up having 42 hip and femur surgeries before settling on an ultimate solution from constant pain – to have his entire leg amputated from the hip down. Davis, who is currently homeless and in transitional housing, needs a vehicle to regain his independence, in hopes to finish his second master’s degree, to get from doctor’s appointments and to take his service dog to the park, along with other basic life necessities.
“This was a special day, only made possible by many working partners along with the Gary Sinise Foundation”, Council Member Becton acknowledged. “The relationships from the working partnerships of Wells Fargo Auto and the Lynch Auto Group who came together today to make this happen, was a testament to how our city of Jacksonville, we take care of our military veterans”, Becton added.
Vanessa Bauman, Chapter Relations, and Marketing Associate with the Gary Sinise Foundation, stated, “It’s a beautiful gift to know that we are helping someone who has sacrificed so much by helping them restore their independence and support and empower them in their next journey.” In addition to providing Davis with a vehicle, the Gary Sinise Foundation also paid for his auto insurance for the next year and provided him a $2,000 gas gift card to help ease the financial burden as he continues to get back on his feet.
Tanya Sanders, head of Wells Fargo Auto, stated that “this is just one small way we can help and show our veterans our support and thank them for their service to our country. The vehicle donation is payment free. It also comes with ongoing financial mentoring and coaching, and it’s just one small thing that we can do to support our veterans.”
“This isn’t just helping me. It’s going to help a lot of people,” Davis said. “I’m going to use it to better as many people’s lives and help as many people as possible.”
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