AGAWAM, Mass. (WGGB) – Iraq war veteran Rafael Nazario today received a generous gift from an Agawam car dealer after his car broke down. The Western Massachusetts resident was attending classes and trying to make ends meet after returning from service.
“Coming back from Iraq has been the toughest fight of my life. Felt like the battle coming back home was a lot harder than it was there,” Nazario said. Going about his daily schedule became more difficult once his vehicle’s transmission blew.
It was shortly after that V & F Auto Inc., a local family-owned auto repair center, handed Nazario the keys to a brand new PT Cruiser. Nazario was nominated as one of several vets eligible for the new ride.
“It’s one less bill that I have to worry about and with the way the economy is going, we are all trying to make ends meet. We are trying to make the appropriate decisions for our families and ourselves,” said Nazario, who was thankful for his new car.
The co-owner of the V&F Auto Inc. Frank Palange said the donation was a way of expressing appreciation for Nazario’s service to his country. “To see what [veterans] have gone through when we service their cars, it is just an incredible feeling,” said Palange.
The Bilingual Veterans Outreach Centers of Massachusetts and local radio station KIX 100.9 worked with V & F Auto to make this donation possible.
V &F Auto also offers a 10% discount on service and maintenance repairs to all veterans with proper I.D.