CHANTILY, VA -- US Marine veteran Craig Pearson got the surprise of his life. Craig is a paraplegic. He sustained injuries while serving in Iraq after September 11th and adapting to civilian life has been challenging, especially when it comes to transportation. Craig typically uses Metro Access which he says he appreciate, but is limited to when and where Metro Access is available.
Craig says "I use Metro Access, they are great but it is on their time, now life is back on my time". He is referring to a brand new, specially outfitted van with a price tag of over seventy three thousand dollars, which was given to him, no strings attached, absolutely free, by Vickie Love.
The van was purchased for Love's husband, a veteran himself, who passed away shortly after the van was purchased and she refused to sell it saying, " I am going to give it away to a veteran, give somebody the independence and freedom that was so important to my husband just like it's important to me."
Love says, she appreciate being able to gift someone such a life changing gift and appreciates the opportunity to do so, especially on Valentine' s day. With tears in her eyes, Love embraced Craig saying, "We are family now."