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Pure awesomeness: Brothers enjoy king of deliveries

Author: Chris Graham
Date: Feb. 20, 2013

ORMOND BEACH -- Justin Ryter said he had always wanted to see the famed Budweiser Clydesdales in person.

On Wednesday, Budweiser's horse-drawn hitch, bearing gifts and NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick, rolled up in front of his family's Ormond Beach home.

"It's just pure awesomeness," said Ryter, 22, who was on hand with his fraternal twin brother, Jayson. The two men recently returned home after serving in the military.

As a reward for their service, Harvick, winner of the 2007 Daytona 500 and this year's Sprint Unlimited, presented the pair with tickets to this Sunday's race and a whole lot of beer.

"Don't drink them all at once," Harvick joked as he handed the brother three 24-packs of Budweiser.

The two men at the center of the spotlight Wednesday were chosen at random, organizers said. But there are few who are more deserving.

After graduating from Seabreeze High School in 2008, the brothers enlisted in the Marine Corps. Justin Ryter was based in Hawaii where he became awards chief, personally presenting about 5,000 Marines with awards earned in the field.

Jayson Ryter had a much different road, first reporting to Okinawa, Japan, and later serving as primary fuel operator in the southern Helmand Province of Afghanistan in Sangin Valley. After seven months in Afghanistan, he spent his remaining time on duty at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Both were honorably discharged from active duty within six months of each other. They moved home and now are attending classes at Daytona State College.

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