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Business gives disabled vet’s truck a free patriotic makeover

MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) – A Myrtle Beach disabled veteran says all he wanted to do was show his love for his country, and
said he still gets teary-eyed when he thinks about the compassionate gesture a local business owner made to help him show off his love.

Jim Olyer said he loves his truck, but he loves his country even more. So he had an idea to put his loves together.

“I had the idea that I wanted my truck to resemble the American Flag,” Jim Olyer said, while admiring his pickup truck.

Olyer said he went to Wraps Ink Graphic Solutions in Murrells Inlet the week before Independence Day to have the job done. He said he wasn’t sure what he wanted, but after the owner showed him a template of the design they came up with, he said he was completely blown away.

Olyer said he came back to pick up his truck, and when he saw it, his eyes were filled with tears. “You just can't have anything more beautiful than this, and I'm proud to wear it, very proud of it,” said the emotional veteran.

But he said it’s what happened next that really made him cry. “I wanted to pay him, he looked at me and he said ‘Sir, you have no bill with us, thank you for your service.’ This is one the finest things I have ever seen a man do,” Olyer said.

Brent Tatum, owner of Wraps Ink, simply thanked Olyer for his service and sent him on his way, requiring no payment for the custom vehicle wrap job that would have cost nearly $1,800.

“Whenever he came to pick up the vehicle, he showed such an emotion on how much he appreciated it, and what it meant to him and how much it loved it,” Tatum said.  “You know it really just moved me, it moved my heart to reach down and find compassion to give back to what he has given to us.”

Tatum said growing up in Fayetteville, North Carolina, near the Fort Bragg military base, he has seen the sacrifices that veterans and their families have made.

Olyer said he is so grateful and overwhelmed by the gesture. “That man gave me this,” he said trying to hold back tears. “I came here as a regular customer, I am floored by it, and emotional.”

He said the truck has gotten a lot of attention. "I went to the grocery store yesterday, and got out of the truck and walked inside. The produce manager looked at me and said they're out there taking pictures of your truck,” Olyer said.

But the story behind the truck has gotten ever more attention, Olyer says. "I've never seen thanks in this magnitude, never, and like I said it just tears me up. Everybody that sees it just oohed and aahed over it, and when I tell people the story behind, they have actually cried themselves,” the grateful veteran said.

He say will never forget this simple gesture to say "thank you."  But Tatum says his actions are the least he could do.

“I know he says I gave him something, but what veterans give us every day, and what he has given us is our freedom, and I think a lot of people today forget about that,” Tatum said.

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