Vet gets community help after vandalism

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 12:18pm

After a veteran's car is badly vandalized a viewer steps in to make things right, Courtney Zavala reports.

Nick Tajian, Owner, Mason Road Collision Auto Center, "We'll make this baby look beautiful for you again."

Nick Tajian is the owner of Mason Road Collision Auto Center in Katy. He was over come with emotion when he saw Hector's story on Local 2,  "What this young man has done for us that's the least I can do for him. I go to sleep at night knowing a young man like him fights for our freedom."

Hector Cortez is a retired LCPL with the Marine Corp, he served two tours in Iraq. He suffers from PTSD he saved up enough money to buy this used car for $1,000 a few months ago only to have it defaced by vandals.

Within minutes of his story airing dozens of people wanted to help him.

Hector Cortez, "The cry for help has been heard."

Nick takes a walk around the car and decides he's not stopping at repainting, "Brand new stripes on black out the mirrors fix the front make it look beautiful for him."

Cortez is a tough guy he fought on the front lines as an infantry machine gunner,  but he was overcome with emotion.

Courtney Zavala, "It's a good day right?"

Hector Cortez, "It's a great day. I'm sorry excuse me I'm not used to people helping me. There's no real way for me how to explain how I feel I'm happy I'm blessed at the same time I'm humbled."

The work is going to take about 10 days and the owner of Mason Road Collision Auto Center also set Hector up with a loaner car so he can still get around while his car is being fixed.

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