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Purple Heart Truck to visit Ogden veterans home Saturday

July 10, 2018

OGDEN — The Purple Heart Truck is coming to town.

The annual Purple Heart Truck Run will make a stop in Ogden on Saturday, July 14. Sponsored by the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Wounded Warriors Family Support, the specially adapted vehicle travels the country raising awareness of the need for mobility for the nation’s disabled veterans.

The modified Ford F-150 pickup truck will be on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the George E. Wahlen Ogden Veterans Home, 1102 N. 1200 West, in Ogden. The vehicle has hand controls and power assists to allow access and operation by an amputee or paralyzed veteran.

Dee Gibson, commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart for the state of Utah, said to the best of his knowledge the truck has never visited Utah.

A short ceremony will be held at the veterans home. The public is welcome to this event.

“People can also sign their name on this truck to show their support for the military,” Gibson said.

Between mid-June and the end of July, the vehicle travels 7,800 miles across the country, from Washington, D.C., to the State of Washington. The truck is working its way to the 85th Military Order of the Purple Heart Auxiliary’s National Convention July 30-Aug. 3 in Spokane, Washington.

Gibson said the driver of the truck will be given the vehicle after the tour is finished.

Contact Mark Saal at 801-625-4272, or msaal@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @Saalman. Friend him on Facebook at facebook.com/MarkSaal.

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