A gift of giving back


CLEAR LAKE, Iowa – It’s not uncommon to have a hobby, but some of them are unique.  William Kennedy from Clear Lake is quite passionate about his hobby.

“Well the truth is, our farm has always used military vehicles for over 50 years and after I retired early, it’s developed into a ministry with the Global Compassion Network.  There was an extra truck that I needed to justify, so we built it to transport more veterans in the 4th of July parade,” said Kennedy.

Kennedy has been fixing up these army vehicles since his family farm shut down years ago.  Since then, some vehicles have been used to help clean up after natural disasters, like tornadoes, and Kennedy is the one who drives them there.

He says the reason he helps, comes down to the way he chooses to live his life.

“We do acts of Christian kindness to try to, I would say earn the right to share with people about the Lord Jesus Christ,” said Kennedy.

That’s not the only reason he’s passionate about helping out our veterans.  He served in the reserves from 1972 until 1978.  Years later, all three of his kids are serving in the military; following in his footsteps.  Now, in just two days veterans from Clear Lake, including his kids will be riding on this truck to celebrate Independence Day.  He hopes those who see his hard work coming down the street, carrying local veterans, will be a reminder of what this holiday is all about.

“It’s because freedom isn’t free, and we need to appreciate what these men and women have done, so we can try to retain the freedom we still have.”

Kennedy’s daughter will be driving his Humvee during the parade in Clear Lake.  The parade starts at 10 am on the forth.

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