POSTED: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 4:40pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 8:58am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A retired Colonel took on a tour of duty that's driving him across all 50 states.
Colonel John Folsom is crossing the nation in his Wounded Warrior Shelby Mustang. The goal is to raise money and awareness about the Wounded Warrior Family Fund. The organization helps provide support to soldiers who have been hurt and to the family of those who have been killed in the line of duty.
Folsom began the outreach group around 2002. He was on active duty in Europe when he witnessed the need first hand. Folsom says he saw hundreds of casualties coming from Iraq. While in the hospital, these soldiers were lacking those things that help in recovery. He calls those things morale support, and that included such items as television, DVD’s, and music.
Over the years the organization has grown and continues to provide support where it’s most needed – to the families of those who have experienced loss. Each year Folsom tries to raise funds to do this, and this year he’s asking America for a “High Five” as a show of support.
Traveling from city to city, Folsom made a pit stop with his Mustang at Holingsworth Ford on Florida Blvd, where the company made a donation to the organization.
Folsom explained to NBC33 News why the Mustang is such a symbolic car for this journey.
"That car's emblematic of American muscle and the Mustang's emblematic of the freedom and the wild spirit of our Mustangs of the old west," Folsom explained.
Car enthusiasts were on hand to show their support, while also taking a look at the muscle car. Tony Wickline not only shared an interest in the vehicle due to his love of Mustangs, but he also served in the military. He says having witnessed the friends deal with the pain of being injured in the line of duty he wanted to give a little back today to support his fellow soldiers.
"The Mustang itself is just a natural eye catcher,” Wickline, President of the Mustang Club of Walker, said when asked why he thinks the car was a good choice for the fundraising effort. “I mean, the louder they are the sooner someone's going to turn their head."
Click here  to learn more about the Wounded Warrior Family Fund.