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NASCAR legend picks up check to help veterans

Published On: Nov 14 2013 05:13:54 PM CST
MISSION ABLE RICHARD PETTY
BRISTOL, Va. -

The King of NASCAR was in town Thursday to receive a big check on behalf of an organization that helps veterans.

Food City CEO Steve Smith handed NASCAR Legend Richard Petty a check for $135,000 Thursday afternoon. 

Petty teamed up with Food City to raise money for the Paralyzed Veterans of America's 'Mission Able' project. Petty also greeted fans and signed autographs at the Food City on Euclid Avenue to thank folks who donated to the program.

"Without [veterans] going and sacrificing and doing what they've done we wouldn't be able to go to the race track. We wouldn't be able to take our kids to school. You wouldn't be able to do all that stuff," said Petty.

The Mission Able project helps to ensure that paralyzed veterans are provided the physical care needed to live a healthy life.