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Tuesday, 20 November 2012 21:43

Students Refurbish Van for Wounded Soldier

Automotive collision repair students from Manhattan Area Technical College in Manhattan, KS, recently refurbished a van for a wounded soldier and his family.

Sgt. Kevin Donahue and his wife Jan were overcome with gratitude as they were presented with the new van Nov. 13 at Manhattan Area Technical College.

“This is just a great family that has been involved and worked hard together for the benefit of our country and they’ve had a couple of difficult things happen to them and they are truly in need of a vehicle,” said Chuck Sulkala, Executive Director of the National Auto Body Council during a ceremony and presentation.

It’s all part of the National Recycled Rides Program, helping needy families across the country. The 2004 Honda Odyssey was donated by State Farm Insurance.

Manhattan’s technical college is donating revamped cars to local veterans with Fort Riley’s Wounded Warrior Program. Each qualified soldier, whose situation dictates the need for assistance above and beyond the system’s capability, submits an essay to “tell their story.”

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