Veteran facing financial difficulties amid COVID-19 receives car refurbished by students

A veteran hit hard by the pandemic had no idea he was in for a "sedan-tastic" surprise.


For Gulf War veteran and Marine Scott Shepard, the COVID-19 pandemic had a devastating impact on his finances.

Scott was laid off and lost the car he was driving.

"Everyone here that has been involved in this, that has made today happen on this day, I couldn't be more grateful," he said.

To help him out, the nonprofit Second Chance Cars got to work with a local technical school.

Their mission? To return a 2013 Nissan Altima to showroom condition.

"It was an honor to work on it because, you know, it's like giving back to someone who served our country," Alejandra Sanchez, one of the students, said.

The car was donated by LuAnne Goehring, the widow of another veteran.

"My husband was a veteran, and he served in the US Navy, in the submarine service," she said. "So I know he's looking down and he's extremely pleased to know that this donation is going to help a veteran."

To own the car outright, Scott was tasked with paying just $75 a month for one year, thanks to the program’s zero percent bank loan.

The car also came with an American Automobile Association card and a tank full of gas.

"When you're learning to do work in the trades, to know that you have the power to be a philanthropist, to be somebody who has the power to give back to the community, is not something that is obvious and we hope that they can feel that power from today's event," Dan Holin, executive director of Second Chance Cars, said.

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