Dying Wish Aids Local Family

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

An Iraq war veteran got a present Wednesday that he says will help his career tremendously.

But the most shocking part is that it was a gift from the grave.

11 News reporter Joe Gagnon has more.

Auto shop the Foreign Aid put their name to the test today.

Helping out a man who served overseas for his country.

These guys are putting their lives on the line for us over there. One of the guys he's talking about is this one - Justin Hulik.

A Marine vet from the Iraq War who came back to hard times in his everyday career.

He says, "My wife and i have been sharing a car so it's been a little rough... this is a big blessing actually..."

The 24-year-old has to drive to and from Vail everyday and he had to share a car with his wife to do it.

They both made the trip from Rifle then head to Vail. It was not just a problem from him and his wife, Nicole.

They say, "We have a six month old daughter named Abigail and we've been getting her up at 4 every morning..."

So, how did he get this car?

A gift from a Texan named EJ Pennington Junior.

His dying wish was to give his prized car, an Audi Quattro, to an Iraq veteran.

Some veteran's, including Justin, have a hard time when they come back from service.

Going bankrupt, losing their home, it's just ridiculous they have to wait that long after serving their country.

But after such recent turmoil, the Hulik’s know that at least someone is listening.

He says, "It kind of answered a few prayers."

With 11 News, Joe Gagnon.

There were several local companies who donated money and labor to get the car into great shape.

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