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Marine’s dedication to service continues stateside

“All gave some. Some gave all.”

These words are tattooed on Marine Sgt. William Lenard’s right arm; a tribute to the comrades he lost during three combat tours as an infantry rifleman in Iraq.

Wounded during his final tour, he was awarded three Purple Hearts – and brought home the lasting effects of the shrapnel he still carries as well as the memories of what he faced, and survived.

With the support of his wife, Kara, their six children and dog, Seven, William now serves as a firefighter in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. It’s a role he’s held since 2012.

“I think it’s just amazing that he can go through all of that and then come back here and basically devote his life to helping other people,” Kara says.

In gratitude for his service, his sacrifices, the sacrifices of his family, and his continued commitment to the community, Whataburger is proud to partner with Operation FINALLY HOME to honor the Lenard family as a Hometown Hero – and a special recognition.

Whataburger is proud to recognize everyday heroes who make their communities special. Check out some of our other Whataburger Hometown Heroes here.

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