Tim McGraw Says, “Welcome Home Soldier”
Jared LaDuke suffered a severe leg injury while serving in Iraq. Upon his return he endured some 20 surgeries and extensive rehab before he, his wife and 2-year old son Talon began preparing to move into temporary housing provided by an organization called "Operation Homefront". When move- in day arrived Jared and his family received a couple of unexpected surprises.
"When we walked in, the whole apartment is fully furnished with brand new stuff. I was in shock," LaDuke remembers. "Then Tim McGraw walks in a few minutes later. Like as if a furnished apartment ain't enough? It was so surreal. My wife was totally tearing up. Tim said, 'I was just in the neighborhood, so I thought I'd stop by. I was just wondering if I could use y'all's bathroom.' He walked around with us, then picked up Talon and walked him into his newroom that they'd decorated with Thomas the Tank stuff."
According to CMT.com Tim followed up the visit with more Thomas the Tank Engine toys and a note that said, "It was a real pleasure getting to meet you Talon, Sincerely, Tim McGraw".