Adam Lyons (from left) presents a Wounded Warrior Project shirt and hat to AutoZone's Tim Hamby and Terrell Hudson in recognition of the store's donation to the organization.
Adam Lyons knows the importance of the Wounded Warrior Project.
So does AutoZone.
Lyons, a veteran of the United States Army, received a $1,000 donation on behalf of the veterans service organization from AutoZone during a brief ceremony on Wednesday.
"It is an honor to be able to do this," said AutoZone District Manager Terrell Hudson. "We didn't plan it this way, but everything fell in place with it being around Memorial Day."
AutoZone districts select a pair of charities to donate to every year. The Wounded Warrior Project and the Carl Perkins Child Abuse Center were the two local charities to benefit this year.
Corinth AutoZone Assistant Manager Tim Hamby came up with the idea of donating to Wounded Warrior.
"Our company donates a certain amount each year to a charity and since I serve in the National Guard, I thought Wounded Warrior would be a good one this year," said Hamby, a First Sergeant with the Army National Guard in Booneville.
Lyons, 26, and his wife, Nichole, appreciate the act of kindness.
"It's a rough time when you find out you can't do what you are used to doing," said Adam Lyons. "Wounded Warriors helped me through the transition period when I got out of the military and it's a great organization."
Lyons, who lives in Kossuth, spent eight years in the Army out of high school. He was wounded numerous times while in Iraq and Afghanistan, including being stabbed twice and blown up three times.
"It (Wounded Warrior Project) really does work," said Nichole Lyons. "It would have been impossible without their help."
John Rhodes, Commander, 66th Troop Command, Mississippi Army National Guard and American Legion Post 6 Commander Tommy Watson were also on hand for the ceremony.
"I am tickled to be here," said Watson. "The American Legion is the face of veterans around here and it is our responsibly to look for guys who need assistance."
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a charity and veterans service organization which offers a variety of programs, service and events for wounded veterans of the military actions following the events of September 11, 2001.
WWP's vision is to "foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history" as it works to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service members, help severely injured service members aid and assist each other and provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.