Sanderson Ford & ABC15 salute combat veteran Jerry Prentice

Posted at 11:39 AM, Jun 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-03 13:31:43-04

Jerry Prentice was just 18 years old when he was drafted as a member of the United States Army in 1967. Right out of boot camp, Jerry was deployed to Vietnam and found himself right in the middle of the Tet Offensive.

His job as a sheet metal worker was to repair damaged helicopters, but because there was such a shortage of combat soldiers, he would often end up in the helicopter as the gunner.

After spending a year in combat, Jerry returned home a changed young man.

Today he's part of a community called the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, who go above and beyond the call of duty to take care of their own.

Welcoming home vets, attending funerals and even helping raise money, Jerry and his fellow combat vets work tirelessly to be there for any veteran in need.

They even help vets deal with one of the most emotionally challenging events they will ever face since coming home: visiting "the wall" in Washington DC.

As a thank you, Jerry received a $500 gift card courtesy of Sanderson Ford for his continued efforts to serve our community.