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Veterans help navy medic passing through town
BEAUMONT - By Justin Hinton, KFDM News
Veterans groups are raising money for a Navy medic whose car broke down in Beaumont on his way home to Jacksonville, Florida from a naval hospital in San Antonio Friday.
The medic has returned home, but at the time of the interview he had not told his commander, so he didnt want to give his name but wanted to share his story.
Something like that never happened to me before. You hear about stuff like that happening every once in a while, he said.
Friday afternoon his car broke down near Stagg Dr. in Beaumont. He took his car to Rays All Makes Auto and found out from the owner, Ray Brown, he would need another engine.
He just kind of looked at me, and I knew that he was in trouble, said Brown.
He didn't have a price yet, but I was just looking thinking, what am I going to do? Am I just going to leave the car here? Is it worth saving? I didn't say this to him, but that's what I was thinking, the medic said.
Brown, a Vietnam veteran and grandfather to a military man, stepped in to help, calling a friend,Clifton Brashear, Commander of American Legion Post 33.
I called nine veteran's organizations, Brashear said. I called five American Legions and three VFWs and another group. The other group is the only one that said no. Everybody else is in for money to help this young man.
The groups have pledged to give more than $2600, enough to replace the engine while the medic spends time with his family in Florida.
You know I haven't seen them since May, so I am extremely grateful. I'll never forget, he said. Someone ever needs my help, I'm definitely going to help.
Brown says whatever money is left over will go to the medic and his family.