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A free car for a southern Colorado veteran and hope for a better future

February 10, 2017 Updated: February 10, 2017 at 8:14 pm
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A four-wheeled dream came true for Air Force veteran Daniel Shaub thanks to a woman he has never met. This honorably discharged Iraq War veteran lives and work in Pueblo. He has been walking to and from work every day, until now.

On Friday at the Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence in Colorado Springs, Shaub received the keys to a free 1994 Mercury Cougar with only 67,000 miles on it. It may not be a big deal to some, but for Daniel, it is a life-changing event. "This is independence. It's definitely not something to take for granted." Shaub had been saving for a car after his vehicle died in the middle of a road trip to Phoenix.

The previous owner of his new car was Barbara Stevens. She brought her vehicle into the Phil Long Dealerships and learned about the Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence. Stevens is in a senior living facility, no longer driving and wanted to make a difference in the community with the donation.

Mt. Carmel helps the Pikes Peak region's military, veterans and their families, including Daniel Shaub. Stevens, who was a career government worker for the Army, knew she had to donate the car to a deserving veteran.

Daniel Shaub believes this is a new start for him, his career goals and his future, thanks to a friend of veterans and the Mt. Carmel employees who have helped empower him with an important gift of transportation.

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