Veterans day car story

VIDEO: Iraq Veteran’s Camaro Restoration Brings a Father and Son Together

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Veterans day car story

This Veterans Day we will all remember the sacrifices made by those in the armed services.  It is also important to remember that things are challenging for families when a parent is away serving.  Sergeant First Class David Carlton recently brought this into focus when he wrote a blog on the AutoPartsWarehouse site.  Rather than talk about a car project for himself, it was a project for his son he was working on.

SFC Carlton worked to put himself through college, but when he lost his job he was forced to look for other options.  He chose the military.  During his deployment in Iraq he was shot in the neck while in a firefight.  He kept fighting and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with Valor (which he refers to as the BSM-V).

Having had an on and off relationship with his son who was being raised with his mother, SFC Carlton looked for a project car which might serve as a way for he and his son to spend some time together, and also to thank his son for having his back while he was away.  Carlton found a 1996 Chevy Camaro that had a good body but needed a lot of mechanical work.

SFC Carlton requested a military discount on some parts from AutoPartsWarehouse for the car and was given a discount code.  That led him to the website where he answered some questions about the project.  Shortly after that AutoPartsWarehouse found out he was close to selling the car due to financial issues and the company stepped in to help.

Commenting on the story, CEO Shane Evangelist said. “We were all deeply moved by SFC Carlton’s story on our Heroes Automobile Gallery. Knowing this particular car is back on the road and with the Carlton family could not make us more proud and we are honored to share their story and those of the many service men and women who have posted in our Heroes Automobile Gallery.”

Veterans day Camaro
The work done included a new engine.  A local shop, Walt Eger’s Service Center, donated some labor to the process and the car is now a runner.  The company not only arranged for the car to get the parts it needed, but also provided a $1,000 gift certificate towards future maintenance of the car.

You can view the original blog posting by SFC Carlton here.