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Florida Gators and Air Pros USA surprise veteran with free AC unit

Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 7:03 AM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - The Florida Gators teamed up with an air conditioning company to surprise a veteran with a free AC unit.

It is part of the Air Pros USA annual Saluting Those Who Serve initiative.

TV20 was there as 88-year-old Eddie Thomas, a Korean War veteran, received the unit. Thomas was nominated by the Alachua County veteran services.

His current unit was 23 years old and in need of a replacement.

“It makes me feel very good to know that somebody cares about the service I did. You know, not trying to put myself above anyone. I only did my duty when I went in but it is special to me to be recognized after so many years after it is over with.” said Thomas

Thomas is a member of the American Legion.

He also serves on the Korean War veterans of America color guard at veteran events and funerals.

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