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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Seeger Toyota honors Wounded Warriors during grand opening

  • ­­­Tom Seeger, President of Seeger Toyota, visited St. Robert on Thursday to not only celebrate the franchise's grand opening, but also to honor veterans by contributing to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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  • ­­­Tom Seeger, President of Seeger Toyota, visited St. Robert on Thursday to not only celebrate the franchise's grand opening, but also to honor veterans by contributing to the Wounded Warrior Project.
    The Wounded Warrior Project is a veterans service organization that supports wounded service members across the nation.
    Tom Seeger, a Vietnam veteran, said the Wounded Warrior Project is a “personal” matter to him.
    “Today is very personal for me for a number of reasons,” Seeger said. “Honoring Wounded Warriors is near and dear to me as a Vietnam vet. We needed the Wounded Warrior project 40 years ago. It is an amazing project. This town I know is very dedicated to the military community and we are appreciative of that.”
    To show their appreciation for the military, Seeger Toyota presented a $5,000 check to the Wounded Warrior Project.
    Deven Schei, a former combat engineer who trained at Fort Leonard Wood, spoke to the crowd at the grand opening ceremony on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project.
    Both Deven and his older brother Erik, are wounded warriors. Erik survived a shot in the head in Iraq in 2005 by a sniper. Deven joined the military soon after his brother was hurt to fulfill a promise to “finish what he started.” Unfortunately, Deven suffered serious injuries in his legs, back and head from a rocket attack in Afghanistan in 2010.
    The battle was far from over when he came home. He has endured 22 surgeries since the accident. Like so many other veterans, he battled with many mental and physical problems after returning home.
    It wasn't until he participated in a Wounded Warrior bike ride when his life changed and he found purpose. He was asked to share his story on behalf of the project to raise awareness.
    Deven explained how much the Wounded Warrior project has helped transform his life.
    Deven's story isn't entirely unique. Wounded Warrior Project estimates nearly 400,000 veterans have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
    “I hate calling it a disorder because it it isn't a disorder, it's really a natural reaction,” Deven said.
    An estimated 32,000 military members have are living with physical injuries.
    “It is a ridiculous amount and they need our help,” Deven said.
    Seeger Toyota will host a variety of events this weekend for its grand opening (see break out box)in celebration of its recently renovated facility . All proceeds from the grand opening events will go toward the Wounded Warrior Project.
    To donate to the Wounded Warrior Project, visit http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

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