LEE COUNTY, Fla.- A follow to WINK News exclusive! Yesterday, we captured an emotional homecoming for an American hero. Injured Army Ranger, Sgt. Josh Gargis, lost both of his legs on the battlefield in Afghanistan. Tonight, an organization is working around the clock to give Sgt. Hargis his dream truck. After our story aired, the community responded in a huge way, raising more money needed to help put Josh in his new car. Now, with a few thousand dollars more, Operation Tundra will be complete!
"Southwest Florida has been so generous and it showed last night, how quickly they step up to the plate", said President of the National Coalition of Patriots President, Dan Ashby.
A call for help answered by a community standing behind an injured war hero.
"Thanks to WINK, we were about $5,000 short, overnight, we were able to raise $1,300," said Ashby.
A total of $5,000 was needed to put Sgt. Josh Hargis into the truck of his dreams.
"It's our way of saying thank you to them, it's the only way we know how."
And with the help of a community full of military supporters, the National Coalition of Patriots, along with Auto Nation Toyota Fort Myers, are a step closer to completing Operation Tundra.
"We are trying to get the word out and get this taken care of in two weeks, he is leaving in two weeks and we want to get him the truck before he leave," Ashby told WINK News.
He's the wounded warrior recognized for his salute seen around the world when he was honored with a Purple Heart.
"We want to be sure we can get him what he is going to be able to use most often."
WINK News found out transportation is one of the hardest challenges Hargis faces, especially with a new baby on the way. Dan Ashby's son, Corey Kent, lost his legs on the battlefield.
"I can only go by the experience I have had with Corey. Corey's is a complete hand control with turn signals, horn, everything was done on the one hand control."
The money still needed is going towards the cost of the truck. Ashby says the government pays for the upgrades, once Sgt. Hargis owns the vehicle.
"They will take the vehicle in and put his hand controls on that he is going to need, specifically detailed for him."
There is still money that needs to be raised. $3,700 will get Sgt. Hargis in his new truck. If you want to help, you can donate, at www.nationalcfp.org