All of February
All-Starz Tire and Automotive is donating a portion of every tire sold to the
Semper Fi Fund
in the honor of one of our employee's son,
Tyler Souther, who was wounded in battle.
Tyler J Southern
Tyler was born in Anderson, SC on Aug 22, 1989. He moved to Jacksonville in 1991 and joined the United States Marine Corp in 2007 just one month after graduating from Mandarin High School where he was involved in NJROTC for 4 years. Tyler chose to serve in the infantry because the Marines are "first to fight".
He proudly turned 18 in boot camp. 19 in Iraq, and 20 in 29 Palms, CA. While completeing desert training he was awarded a Navy Achievement Medal for his outstanding performance.
He left for Afghanistand march 10th but was unable to complete his tour after encountering and IED (improvised explosive devise) while on un-mounted patrol in the New Zad district, Afghanistan on May 5th, 2012. He lost both legs and he right arm defending our freedom.
Lance Corporal Tyler J Southern was awarded a Purple Heart Medal for his combat related injuries by the Commandant of the Marine Corp at his bedside with his family by his side. He is recovering at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Bethesda, MD.
November 1, 2012
Cpl Tyler Southern retired from active duty on September 21, 2012 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Canter, Bethesda, MD in front of a large crowd of family, friends and Marines. The Sergeant Major of the MArine Corps who was in Afghanistan with Tyler was also in attendance.
Tyler and Ashley moved back to Floriday and are living in their home in St. Augustine. Tyler accepted a job as the southest representative for Wounded Wear. He is settling into his home and making the transition from being a Marine to becoming a civilian. Yesterday afternoon, he picked up his van after it had been in the shop for a month while being fitted for hand controls. For the first time since his injury, Tyler was able to drive himself in his own vehicle. No more needing to ask someone to drive him to the store!
In addition to Family support grants for the family to remain bedside during Tyler's road to recovery, the Semper Fi fund recently assisted Tyler with a rental van to use while his own vehicle was being adapted, assisted with the cost for the construction of a pool which he uses for therapy and a vehicle grant towards the purchase of his "specially adapted" Dodge Ram; a $ wheel drive vehicle he can drive off-road which will allow him to go hunting and fishing more easily. Other support includes gas cars for multiple trips up and down I-95 between Florida and Maryland and a grant to help with expenses as he transitions out of the Marine Corps.