Hoosier veteran gets brand new car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as thank you for service

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 25, 2015) - A military family got a huge surprise at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday. Luther Martin was given a custom Ford Fusion as a 'thank you' for his nearly two decades of service. His family also got a full year of free groceries.

Eckrich and Operation Home Front teamed up to make the surprise happen.

"Honesty, I had no clue," Martin said. "I thought we were just going to come here to watch the cars run in circles, chase each other around the track."

Martin served for 17 years and did four tours in Iraq. He and his family live in the small town of Flora in Caroll County. He was emotional after learning about the gifts.

"I'm overwhelmed," he said. "Honestly, there’s a lot more people out there who are more deserving of this than I am. I'm pretty humbled."

Driver Aric Almirola took part in the car unveiling.

"There are men and women every single day putting their lives on the line, fighting for our freedom," Almirola siad. "So to be able to have this opportunity to give back to them is special."

Two of Martin's kids were present  as their dad received the race-inspired gifts.

"They deserve everything ," said daughter Jordan Martin. "They’ve done so much for us. I'm truly blessed to have the best parents."

For more information on Operation Home Front, click here.



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