CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Air Force Combat Veteran Lee Cahill served three tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq.

After coming home, his family settled near Shaw Air Force Base in Columbia, but lost everything they had after the historic flooding back in 2015.

A childhood friend, now a realtor, told Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation and their partner charity, American Warrior Initiative, about his story and they decided to help.

Cahill was presented with a check for $5,056 Wednesday during a presentation at Elevation Church - Blakeney. But waiting outside was the bigger surprise: a new family car purchased by Regional Branch Managers.

"I've never had anything like this done for me. It's really a meaningful thing and I want to thank everybody that came out and put it together," said Cahill. "I've gone through a lot of rough times in the past 10 years and this is something uplifting instead of to take me down again. It's a really good feeling. It's a really good feeling."

"This is not a handout, but a hand-up. What if we could do this all over America?" said Louise Thaxton with Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation and American Warrior Initiative. "I hope and pray Charlotte wraps their arms around this veteran and every veteran that needs the help."

Cahill said his family will likely go out for ice cream during their first trip in the new family vehicle.