On September 29, 2012, Walkup, a fire support specialist with 2/503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne, and his unit was on patrol to an Afghan National Army checkpoint in the Tangi Valley when Afghan soldiers turned on them and opened fire. SGT Walkup was shot five times in the ambush, survived 78 surgeries and was awarded a Purple Heart – but in the eyes of non-profit groups, he was apparently not disabled enough to qualify for financial aid to build a handicapped-accessible home. He sacrificed so much yet was getting so little back That’s where The Gary Sinise Foundation stepped up and with the help of so many volunteers and organizations such as Cord Moving and all of the Agents of North American Van Lines, Franz and his wife Shannon were able to celebrate Christmas in their forever home. Thank you to Gary Sinise, Jim Shubert and Chris Kuban for taking charge with this partnership and to all of the NAVL agent leadership for the continued support. Talking with men and women such as Franz really puts things into perspective when you think you’ve had a bad day at the office.