SAN ANTONIO -- Vic Hash, a retired Army Sergeant First Class, volunteers countless hours helping to repair cars and trucks with Operation Comfort
. The non-profit supports wounded service members through sports, therapy programs and financial assistance.
“It's not for everybody, but for those who want to work with their hands,” said Hash.
The organization provides rehabilitation for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
In a warehouse training facility, veterans get the tools to try to repair some of the physical and mental damage suffered in those war zones.
"Instead of being an introvert and thinking about the horrible things you see, losing buddies and stuff like that. This is a really good program. I have seen it work over and over," Hash insisted.
The training program is called AutoMotivation
Today, the National Auto Body Council announced plans to help raise more than one million dollars to help the program purchase the warehouse on South Presa, complete renovations and buy equipment.
Caliber Collision is also a part of the effort. This year, the company has refurbished and donated a dozen recycled rides to disabled vets, including the 2008 Mazda Tribute given to Hash today.
"The employees and teammates at Caliber get as much, if not more out of it than the actual recipients," said Steve Grimshaw, CEO and president of Caliber Collision.
Well, ask Hash about that. Earlier today, he received a recycled ride to replace his 1977 Ford F-150.
"To receive one of these cars, especially as beautiful as this, it's awesome," Hash expressed. "It's unexpected and totally awesome."
Hash served two tours in Afghanistan and suffered multiple injuries, including broken bones and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
He simply couldn't afford a new car with many financial obligations.
"When you have two kids in college, you try to provide the best. To get this is unexpected and just wonderful," said Hash.
The retired veteran will use his new wheels to continue coming to this shop to help others gain the tools needed to get a fresh start in life.
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