On Veterans Day, two men who fought for our freedom received a much-needed key to a brighter future.
Across the country, more than 100 cars were given to veterans on Wednesday, including a Marine sergeant and an Army specialist in Connecticut.
The third annual Progressive Insurance “Keys to Progress” honored veterans across the country by giving 134 refurbished vehicles to those who need them most.
"I am honored to stand before you today, to not only celebrate Veterans Day but to honor and recognize two individuals here amongst us who have given so much to our country,” said Chris Murtaugh, of Progressive Insurance.
It was more than just a free car for Army Specialist Nicholas Wasylkiw. For him, it is a new start.
He was homeless, and with the help of Mercy Housing and Shelter in Hartford, he found a permanent home and a job.
"It's going to make a world of a difference, it's going to take me from having to rely on public transportation and a bicycle to getting there on my own now,” he said.
Wasylkiw said he is moving out of the shelter later this month, and with a car, he will be able to see his 14-year-old daughter.
"From where I was to where I'm at now, it's a big change,” he said.
Marine Sergeant David Alger was also overwhelmed by the show of support and the new car that will help his family.
"Oh my God, it's like a new beginning that's what it is to us,” Alger said. "I never thought of anything like this happening to us, ever. I usually look forward to a couple free meals but never a free car so this is definitely amazing."
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