DENVER -- As a Vietnam veteran, Larry Vigil knows loss.
"Many friends that didn't come back," he said.
He revisits loss every time he looks back at his recruit book. The war left him with painful memories and health issues he's not certain he will overcome.
"I am not doing too good. I have cancer from agent orange and I suffer from PTSD from time to time," Vigil said.
And so each year, Veterans day takes on more meaning, but not this year.
"I will remember this veterans day for not the good reasons," said Vigil.
On Veterans Day, two thieves stole Vigil's car, his only transportation to get to this doctor appointments. As a wounded veteran there are many of them.
The thieves, Randall Snow and a juvenile, led authorites on a three-county chase through Brighton.
The chase ended with the car wrecked and totaled.
"Unfortunately I only had no liability so there will be no insurance money," Vigil said. "It hurts, especially on Veterans Day. That's not America."
FOX31 Denver Problem Solvers and Mike Shaw Subaru agreed, and so we teamed up and asked Vigil's granddaughter to bring him to the dealership in Thornton. Neither had any idea what was about to happen.
Mike Shaw Subaru gave Mr. Vigil a car.
"My father is a Vietnam Veteran and this is the least we could do," said MIke Shaw Jr. "He's gone through enough already."
Understandably, Vigil was surprised ... and thankful ... for the act of kindness shown by Mike Shaw's business. The two shook hands ... a meeting of the true heroes in our community.AlertMe