Most people know actor Adam Driver for his portrayal of Kylo Ren, the villain in the latest installment of the “Star Wars” franchise.
But Driver only began his acting career after he was medically discharged from the Marine Corps.
According to Task & Purpose, Driver decided to become a Marine shortly after 9/11. Three years later, an injury to his sternum would take its toll — right before he was supposed to deploy to Iraq.Screenshot/Facebook
But the actor is still taking every opportunity to give back to his fellow military members.
Driver recently took the time to head out to Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania, in order to hand-deliver a scholarship to a young nursing student, Haley Williams.
And now a video of her heartwarming reaction is going viral.
Haley is the daughter of John Williams, an Army veteran who sustained an injury shortly before he was supposed to deploy, just like Driver.
But unlike the actor, John wasn’t able to make a full recovery.Screenshot/YouTube
In a heartbreaking letter to Folds of Honor Foundation, a scholarship foundation for family members of veterans, Haley said that her father still suffers from his injury.
Despite having screws and steel rods in his spine, the Army veteran works as a bus driver to try and support his family. Haley also works full-time to pay for her schooling, but it wasn’t enough to cover the costs.
According to the Huffington Post, that’s why Folds of Honor Foundation and Budweiser teamed up with Driver to deliver her some good news.
When the “Star Wars” actor showed up at their humble Pennsylvania home, the family almost couldn’t believe it.Screenshot/YouTube
But soon he revealed the amazing news from Folds of Honor to the young nursing student. The actor told Haley:
“They told me to let you know that you got the scholarship. But also, Budweiser and I thought you shouldn’t have to worry about school, so Budweiser is going to be covering all of your remaining school expenses for the rest of next year.”
Driver also explained why this particular family’s situation was so close to his heart. He told John:
“I was in the military, too. You were in the Army, and right before Desert Storm you were injured? I was the same, I was injured right before I was supposed to deploy for Iraq with my unit. I felt so guilty that I didn’t get to finish my service.”
His words seemed to hit close to home for the Army veteran. He told Driver:
“You’re probably the first person that ever said, ‘I understand,’ and truly understood.”
The touching moment warmed a lot of hearts across social media:
adam driver delivering this military scholarship to a family is the softest thing I've ever seen pic.twitter.com/Jxfjp5bzG6
— lesbian baba yaga (@stereoroo) June 27, 2017
I think Adam Driver is an amazing actor, but his commitment to helping the military speaks volumes about his own character.
— Susan Stacy (@blackeyedlily) June 28, 2017
This so touching and inspiring. God bless to all fallen, injured Military men and women, and to there families. This story is amazing.
— Katherine (@loudmouthpixie) June 28, 2017
And this isn’t the only opportunity Driver has taken the time to help his fellow servicemen and women.
Back in 2015, the actor started Arts in the Air Force, an organization that brings live theater to active military members.
Way to go, Adam!