Brandy Vega – “I heard a story today. There is a veteran here in town, an 83-year old. He’s at the VA going through cancer treatments. He’s here with his sons who’s also in his 60’s going through some other treatments at the VA. Both veterans. A Korean War veteran and a Vietnam veteran. I heard that they were stranded, their car was broke down. They were looking for just a place to be able to work on the car, a covered place, didn’t need to be a garage. And, as a veteran myself, I thought, “What can I do to help these guys.”
I get $1250 a month, and by the time the insurance and the food and stuff like that and the electricity, why, it’s all gone from month-to-month. You don’t have extra.
-They’re going to tow their car to my garage I just cleaned out for them. I have a basement room that they can sleep in, so that they don’t have to rent a motel, since money is already tight, and they’re already battling this stuff, and they fought for our country. I’m a little bit nervous because I’ve never allowed people to come in and stay in my home. But I trust these two men who’ve given so much for our country and are fighting still for their lives. All they needed was a place to work on a car. This is the least I can do.
I was up at the VA hospital. I’m from Elko, Nevada. I have to come in back and forth to have cancer, but I also have problems in my legs. I have no circulation in my feet.
-When you come from out of town, you don’t plan on bringing a whole lot of money. Just your fuel and to eat real quick because your meals are at the patient cafeteria.
I was cold and wet and rainy outside. We had no place to work on it.
-We’re out in the snow and literally in the slush and laying in it while he’s in the truck freezing.
They’d been stranded in Utah in the cold weather for about three or four days, and we’re trying to get them back home.
-Well, let’s get you fixed up.
-I mean, you hear about stories like this and it really gets right to you hear. You know what I mean? And, a story like Waid and his son, I mean, they’ve fought for our country for a long time and they deserve a little bit of help along the way. It’s just good to give back when you can. So I would tell any business out there that’s making money and doing well, give back where you can. That’s definitely what we try to do.
I think that’s awesome. And Cory, the guy, the gentlemen that I met with you this morning, was great.
-Then you came along and that’s been just a godsend. It’s just great. It’s great, it really is.”