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Las Vegas veteran, family receive surprise new car

Posted at 2:39 PM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-04 00:39:44-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Las Vegas veteran and his family of 10 have a new car thanks to the nonprofit the Military Warriors Support Foundation.

“Man it’s hard, I’m just taken back by this whole experience," retired U.S. Army National Guard Specialist Steven Stanley told 13 Action News. He received the gift on Friday with his wife by his side.

"I think that somebody’s definitely watching over me and my family and supporting us, definitely," said Stanley. "I’m just really taken back."

“This gift is really a huge blessing and we’re just so grateful for it," said his wife, Christine. "It was an amazing surprise.”

“[Our kids] can looks back 20 years from now and actually realize that there is, besides all the chaos that’s going on on the world today, there’s good people out in this world too," she added.

Stanley joined the Army National Guard in 2006, and in 2008 he was deployed to Afghanistan.

While supporting combat operations in Afghanistan, Spc. Stanley was wounded in combat and received the Purple Heart for his wounds.

Through his military career, Spc. Stanley was also awarded the Combat Action Badge and Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, and others for his service.

After serving one tour, he continued his service in the National Guard until 2014, when he was medically retired from the military.

Today, he lives in his hometown of Las Vegas with his family.

To learn more about the Military Warriors Support Foundation and its Transportation4Heroes program, visit militarywarriors.org.

Wells Fargo and Findlay Kia sponsored Friday's vehicle donation.