Army Lieutenant Colonel Mom Settles Family Debate As Winner Of New All-Terrain Vehicle

“I get to drive our new Mahindra XTV first.”

That was the heated argument among winner mom Army Lt. Col. Candy Smith’s three sons even before she officially received “her” new all-terrain vehicle at Heinen Repair Service, Valley Falls.

Lt. Col. Candy Smith, Platte City, Missouri, is interviewed by Jim Daniels live on The BIG 94.5 Country following her being awarded a new Mahindra XTV at Heinen Repair Service, Valley Falls, as winner of the Mahindra Tribute To The Brave Giveaway. (Photo courtesy of Lizzie Esparza, LE Photography.)
Lt. Col. Candy Smith, Platte City, Missouri, is interviewed by Jim Daniels live on The BIG 94.5 Country following her being awarded a new Mahindra XTV at Heinen Repair Service, Valley Falls, as winner of the Mahindra Tribute To The Brave Giveaway. (Photo courtesy of Lizzie Esparza, LE Photography.)
Winner Army Lt. Col. Candy Smith, her husband retired Lt. Col. Steve Smith and their three sons, Sam, Dillon and Finn, of Platte City, Missouri, were a happy family after receiving keys to a new Mahindra XTV awarded at Heinen Repair Service, Valley Falls, as climax to the Mahindra Tribute To The Brave Giveaway. (Photo courtesy of Lizzie Esparza, LE Photography.)
Winner Army Lt. Col. Candy Smith, her husband retired Lt. Col. Steve Smith and their three sons, Sam, Dillon and Finn, of Platte City, Missouri, were a happy family after receiving keys to a new Mahindra XTV awarded at Heinen Repair Service, Valley Falls, as climax to the Mahindra Tribute To The Brave Giveaway. (Photo courtesy of Lizzie Esparza, LE Photography.)
The Morris Singers presented a most inspirational rendition of the national anthem as part of the Military Appreciation Day at Heinen Repair Service, Valley Falls, before presentation of new Mahindra XTV to Army Lt. Col. Candy Smith winner of the Mahindra Tribute To The Brave Giveaway. Diane and Chantel Heinen pay tribute as Cierra, Cheyanne and Charity Morris, along with Ava Scallorn-Morris sing The Star Spangled Banner. (Photo courtesy of Lizzie Esparza, LE Photography.)
The Morris Singers presented a most inspirational rendition of the national anthem as part of the Military Appreciation Day at Heinen Repair Service, Valley Falls, before presentation of new Mahindra XTV to Army Lt. Col. Candy Smith winner of the Mahindra Tribute To The Brave Giveaway. Diane and Chantel Heinen pay tribute as Cierra, Cheyanne and Charity Morris, along with Ava Scallorn-Morris sing The Star Spangled Banner. (Photo courtesy of Lizzie Esparza, LE Photography.)

Dad retired Lt. Col. Steve Smith grinned as their family members debated the issue at hand without any apparent desire to get ahead of the rest behind the new wheel.

But, Mom firmly settled the discussion when she proclaimed: “I’ll drive it first. They’re awarding the Mahindra to me, but I’ll let you all take your turns, after I give it a spin.”

However, the couple’s three sons, Samuel, 13; Dylan, nine; and Finn, seven, were proudly seated in the shiny red Mahindra when Chantel Heinen handed Lt. Col. Smith the keys in a special presentation climaxing Mahindra’s Tribute To The Brave Giveaway.

Chantel’s husband Nick Heinen, and his dad and mom, Bill and Diane Heinen, were all smiles, too, as guests at the Mahindra Military Appreciation Day crowded into the corner of the Heinen Repair Service shop for the program opened by a most inspirational rendition of the National Anthem.

The Star Spangled Banner was presented by Chantel’s sisters and niece, Cierra, Cheyanne and Charity Morris, and Ava Scallorn-Morris.

“As part of the recent national Mahindra dealer meeting in Kansas City, Mahindra USA partnered with the National World War I Museum and Memorial to give away the Mahindra XTV through the Tribute To The Brave Giveaway, open to active or retired military personnel and first responders. Lt. Col. Candy Smith of Platte City, Missouri, was selected as the winner,” said Cleo Franklin, Mahindra’s vice president for marketing.

A live remote broadcast of The BIG 94.5 Country featured Jim Daniels of the acclaimed Walker Daniels Morning Show interviewing Chantel Heinen prior to the presentation, and then Lt. Col. Smith, when she had the keys in hand, ready to give her new Mahindra XTV a drive in the parking lot before loading on the trailer to take home.

“Supporting our military is a critical component of the Mahindra’s initiative to drive positive change and transform lives in our communities. Our Mahindra Pride Military Appreciation Program gives us the opportunity to thank our service men and women for the sacrifices they make for their country,” Franklin pointed out

“The National World War I Museum and Memorial is pleased to be a part of the Mahindra Tribute To The Brave to make this opportunity possible for our active-duty military and veterans. More than half of American soldiers who served in World War I passed through Kansas City on their way overseas, making our involvement particularly fitting,” said Matthew Naylor, official at the World War I Museum and Memorial.

To further recognize active or retired military service members, and first responders, they were all eligible for discounts on purchase of a new Mahindra tractor or XTV, as well as numerous store giveaways, during the special day at Heinen Repair Service.

“This was in addition to Heinen Repair Service’s Mahindra Red Ribbon Holiday Sale underway, featuring zero-interest, zero-down, zero-payment, or major rebates plans,” Chantel Heinen pointed out.

“Mahindra USA, the number one selling tractor brand in the world based on volume, is an active year-round supporter of the military through various programs,” Franklin said. “Mahindra USA supports Operation Finally Home, with its Build To Rise program, which provides custom-built, mortgage free homes to our heroes and their families.”

Folks from all around northeast Kansas have depended on Heinen Repair Service for 31 years. Whether it was the tractor, machinery, car, construction equipment, lawn mower or chain saw, Bill Heinen could fix it and has been appreciated for his dedicated service.

While his wife Diane has always been a key part of the business, son Nick and wife Chantel have joined the service-based family business conveniently located just five miles southwest of Valley Falls,

With other family members, Heinen Repair Service’s exceptional customer service has continued to expand.

Mahindra tractor and equipment lines were just added to Heinen Repair Service’s offerings late this summer, with a grand opening of the line in early October. Known for its high quality and affordability, Mahindra is an India-brand assembled in America, with the national headquarters in Houston, and a distribution center is at Lyons, Kansas.

“Additional information can be found at www.heinenrepair.com.