Since the world of Hollywood is so liberal these days, it’s rare that a brand takes a stand for veterans of the military. That’s why it came as a welcome surprise this week when Budweiser released an ad for the Fourth of July that honors veterans of the U.S. military.
Breitbart reported that Budweiser has released a new ad in which “Star Wars” actor Adam Driver, a veteran himself, surprises a veteran by delivering a scholarship to his daughter in person.
U.S. Army veteran John Williams sustained a debilitating injury while training for Operation Desert Storm. Like him, Driver was also injured shortly before he was deployed, putting an end to his military career. That’s likely why Budweiser chose Driver to surprise Williams by showing up at his home to give his daughter, Hayley Grace Williams, a scholarship to nursing school.
The scholarship was given to Hayley as part of a joint effort between Budweiser and Folds of Honor, which has reportedly awarded 2,200 scholarships to veterans and their family members since 2011. Hayley had sent in a letter explaining that her father’s military injury was so severe that he needed steel rods and six screws to stabilize his spine.
“They sent me your letter; I was in the military too,” Driver said as he met the family. “[Folds of Honor] reached out to me and they told me to let you know that you got the scholarship. But also, Budweiser and I thought that you shouldn’t have to worry about school, so Budweiser is gonna be covering all your remaining school expenses for the rest of next year.”
Driver later explained that the visit was as emotional for him as it was for the Williams family.
“I found the Williams’ to be an incredibly close knit and loving family. I understood where Hayley’s father John was coming from right away. John was injured right before being deployed. I was also injured right before deployment, so that sense of not finishing your job with the people you started with is something we connected on,” Driver told the Huffington Post. “Despite his injuries he works incredibly hard as a bus driver to support his family. Hayley’s father inspired her to become a nurse to help people just like him. So as I said I felt very fortunate to be there and to help Haley take the next step.”