Vietnam veteran surprised with new heating and air system - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Vietnam veteran surprised with new heating and air system

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Picture of Montgomery when he served in the Marines (Source: Don Montgomery) Picture of Montgomery when he served in the Marines (Source: Don Montgomery)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Teaming up with Conway Services, WMC Action News 5 put out a call and you answered. We asked viewers to tell us about a person or family they thought deserved a new heating and air system.

The votes were tallied and Tuesday, the 2015 Conway Cares winner was surprised to learn he had won.

Vietnam veteran Don Montgomery recently went through several financial and physical setbacks. After serving as a U.S. Marine, Montgomery settled in Memphis, but struggled to stay on his feet.

"I'm service connected for PTSD," Montgomery said. "I was one of those who didn't want to come home."

Fighting depression, a failed suicide attempt, foreclosure, and a leg injury, Montgomery is getting help through the American Legion and other veteran organizations.

He was nominated for Conway Cares by Lee Buchschacher, a fellow veteran, who did not want to see Montgomery lose his home or his service dog, Maggie.

"This [heating and air system] will save money to go toward her [Maggie], and I might be able to hold on to her a little while longer," Montgomery said.

Viewers wrote in from across the Mid-South. Montgomery was selected by an overwhelming majority out of more than 200 nominations.

"It means a lot to me," he said. "I appreciate each and everyone of you."

Montgomery is grateful for the gift of heating and air. He had a message to share with his fellow veterans: Never give up.

"You never know," he explained. "It might be bad tomorrow, and the next day it still might be bad, but they turn around. Just like this day right here. They turn around."

Conway Services will install Montgomery's new system this week.

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