Disabled veteran's car better than new after vandals defaced it

HOUSTON

A fresh red paint job has a shiny 1996 Ford Escort sparkling in the sun today. But it looked world's apart back on the morning of Sunday, September 22.

Vandals defaced the car with ethnic slurs as it sat outside veteran Hector Cortez's apartment. Cortez is a disabled vet, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, after serving as a US Marine deployed to Iraq. His only source of income right now is his pension, so he didn't have the money to repaint the car.

When the owner of Mason Road and Collision heard the story, he offered to give the car a fresh coat of paint as a token of appreciation for Cortez's service to our country. Cortez says he's humbled and overwhelmed by such a show of generosity.

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