In an effort to thank the military community, Dean and Pam Hanson are giving back in a unique way.
The owners of Automotive Pro Tek in Atoka, they've hosted an annual car show that benefits St. Jude. At this year's show, the couple will recognize members of the military and give a custom vehicle to a disabled veteran.
"I feel like saying 'thank you' isn't enough," Pam said. "We wanted to step up, to not only do a car show that benefitted the children at St. Jude, but to also help someone who's fought for our country. The children are our future, and we couldn't do it without them, but we're here because of our veterans."
While plans for the car remain top secret, Pam said the Pro Tek staff will do what it can to fill the chosen veteran's needs.
"We'll try to do what all we can, we'll fill as much of the need as we're able to," Pam said.
Dean said the giveaway is important to him and his wife.
"We want to help try to give back to the guys who gave to us," he said.
To qualify for the giveaway, disabled veterans must submit an application form that will be reviewed by a panel of judges.
Applications can be picked up at Automotive Pro Tek, the Atoka Police Department or at The Leader and must be returned by Sept. 20.
The car will be awarded to the winner at the sixth annual car show on Oct. 25.