Local Veteran Receives New Vehicle from Recycled Rides Program

November 12, 2018 07:47 PM

Americans across the country are paying tribute to the men and women who served our nation's military in honor of Veterans Day.
One veteran in Wisconsin is getting a big thank you for his service.

Heppner's Auto Body in Hudson put 100 hours of work into fixing up a car for Eric Grant, who served more than a decade in the Army.


It was through a program called Recycled Rides, which refurbishes used vehicles for veterans in an effort to help ease the burden of returning to civilian life.

Grant deployed to Iraq and Kosovo and is now working for a lawn care company. He says his old car was on its last leg and he plans to use his new set of wheels to get to and from work.

He said he was so touched by the generosity of the community that gave him this incredible gift.

"It's amazing. My heart is overwhelmed," Grant said, after seeing the car for the first time. "I can't believe this. It's like I'm in a dream right now waiting to be awakened."

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The 2016 Ford Focus he received had been involved in a prior crash and was donated to Recycled Rides.

Many local businesses worked together to fix up the car, donating parts, money and time.

"Here at Heppner's, we have people who have served or family who have served, so to be able to do this today is really special," said Laura Robertson, vice president of Heppner's Auto Body.

This is the third time the body shop has donated a car to a local veteran.

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