Evansville war veteran receives car

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – A coalition of community partners gives an Evansville war veteran a life changing gift.

A ceremony full of pomp and circumstance greeted Dewayne Whitney, Jr. at Gerber Glass and Collision.

The body shop – formerly called Leflers – partnered with Operation Homefront to repair a Mitsubishi Lancer for a local veteran without wheels.

Whitney served in the U.S. Army for almost eight years in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Whitney says he drove guard vehicles for convoys. He says transitioning back to civilian life has had its ups and downs, but now he has something to think about bigger than himself.

“It’s gonna make a big difference. Me and my girl work and all that and she has two kids, two babies actually, so it will definitely help us out. But newer vehicle, bigger room, be a good family vehicle really.”

The non-profit Operation Homefront helped put together a list of local finalists, who met certain requirements.

Whitney said he was actually living in the Gresham House when he was interviewed.

The historic home provides transitional housing for local veterans in need.

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(This story was originally published on November 1, 2019)

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