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Richard Petty makes a pit-stop in the Tri-Cities

Published On: Oct 25 2012 08:43:25 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 25 2012 04:33:16 PM CDT

Racing legend visited the Gray Food City to congratulate them on a successful Mission: ABLE campaign.

GRAY, Tenn. -

"The King" Richard Petty was in the Tri-Cities Thursday promoting the Mission Able campaign for Paralyzed Veterans of America.  This campaign promotes jobs, care, and benefits for veterans that are injured during service.

Veterans and fans were lined up around the building so they could meet the legendary Richard Petty. "We've been planning it, it's on the calendar and my daughter didn't sleep last night because she knew," says disabled veteran Joel Baughman.

"It makes it neat we can come out," Petty said about the event. "Fans can come out and help us with the Paralyzed Veterans of America."

Mindy Walker, who works for the Paralyzed Veterans, tells News 5 their campaign 'Mission Able' is very crucial for these veterans. "[We] provide care, we have a staff of doctors and nurses that go and audit VA hospitals to make sure they provide the best healthcare they can provide," says Walker.

Through Mission Able all of the Food City stores combined have raised over $75,000 just this year alone.

"Anytime anybody can do something for somebody coming back, that means everything to me," says Baughman.

"It just makes you appreciate what these people sacrificed, so we can do things like we're doing now," says Petty.

If you would like to make a donation, you can do it at the check-out counter at your local Food City.