Harold L. "Tab" Hunter, a three-time recipient of the Purple Heart, wrote his signature on the front hood of a red, white and blue 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby.

With the stroke of his pen, the seventh-annual High Five Tour 2016 was under way.

Hunter was one of several veterans who signed the vehicle Thursday afternoon at Fairfield Inn & Suites, but he won't be the last.

Hundreds of more signatures soon will be on the vehicle as it travels 26,000 miles, making 200 stops in 68 cities in 48 states to raise awareness and support for families of wounded military personnel.

"It's great. I'm happy to sign the car," said Hunter, a 77-year-old Army veteran who has retired in Leavenworth after serving in the military from 1960-94.

Several Leavenworth city officials were on hand during the event which kicks off a tour that serves as a fundraiser for Wounded Warrior Family Support.

Leavenworth Mayor Larry Dedeke said that it was fitting to hold the event at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, which is located across the street from Fort Leavenworth.

"I think it's fantastic that Leavenworth was picked for this," said Dedeke, who served for six years in the Army. "I'd like to see more of it. It's a shame that our federal government doesn't come in and support the veterans more than what they are doing, that we have to have independent firms come in and do it."

Rep. John Bradford, R-Lansing, echoed Dedeke's remarks.

"I think it's pretty awesome," said Bradford, who served for 21 years in the Army. "This is a very significant site, being one of our best hotels in town sitting directly across from the fort."

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