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Covington Ford gives military family vacation
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If anyone's in need of a break, it's Sgt. Donald Davenport, who has survived multiple roadside bombs and rocket-propelled grenade attacks while on his first tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Davenport has all of his digits - evidence he's escaped any major physical injury - though he did say he suffered a minor traumatic brain injury. He was awarded a Purple Heart, which is given to members of the U.S. Armed Forces wounded or killed during military service.

"When you've survived that many attacks, they have to give you a free (car) tag," said Davenport, who maintains a healthy sense of humor.

Speaking of cars, Donald and wife Michaela drove theirs to Jekyll Island Thursday after receiving a vacation courtesy of Covington Ford. Michaela has been the office manager for Covington Ford for the past 14 years, and owner Wendell Crowe wanted to help the couple get some much needed rest and relaxation.

The couple is planning to relax and visit family in the area, while Donald will be sure to make a visit Ft. Stewart.

"It's going to be great to have a chance to relax. It's been good to be home," Donald said. "It will be nice to not worry about working or answering the phone. We'll just relax."

Donald said he is also scheduled to appear on NBC's "Far From Home: Frontline Stories" segment sometime this week.
After returning from Jekyll Island, Donald will have to deploy again Aug. 23 and spend another three to four months in Afghanistan.

The couple has three children, Ashley who is attending Georgia Perimeter College this fall, Kayla who is stationed at Ft. Hood in Texas and son-in-law Chris Thompson who is a military policeman at Ft. Hood.