Everyone now knows Adam Driver as Kylo Ren in the new Star Wars movies, but long before that he was a U.S. Marine, and he hasn't forgotten those roots -- or his guilt at being injured before he was meant to serve in Iraq. Driver teamed up with Budweiser and the Folds of Honor Foundation to surprise the 21-year-old daughter of an injured Army veteran, to pay for the rest of her nursing school.
Driver enlisted in the Marines shortly after the 9/11 attacks, and served for two years before breaking his sternum in a mountain biking accident. He was medically discharged before his unit was deployed to fight in the Iraq War.
Fast-forward to 2017, and his life is very different. In the lead up to July 4th, Driver traveled to a Brodheadsville, PA, family's home, and empathized with John William, since he too was injured right before being deployed. Williams severely injured his back in a training exercise before Desert Storm, and he now lives with two steel rods and six screws fusing his spine together.
"Worse than the physical toll has been the emotional one," his daughter Hayley Grace Williams wrote in a letter to Folds of Honor, to apply for their education scholarship. "While his unit shipped off to war, my dad watched from a hospital room. To this day, he feels a sense of guilt."
With the family's financial situation, the burden of paying for school fell on Hayley's shoulders. She was working 40 hours a week to pay for her final year's $44,000 tuition, but realized it might not be possible. She applied for the scholarship, writing, that it "would change my life and set me up to change the lives of veterans like my father."
Watch the family's shock when Driver showed up at their home, to bestow the education scholarship, and also reveal that he too feels guilt for not being there for his unit:Beautiful. Glad Adam was able to squeeze his way into that group hug.
Budsweiser's Folds of Honor has helped families with 2,200 life-changing scholarships over the past six years.
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