PEARLAND, Texas – An Iraq war veteran got a big surprise when strangers paid to have his prized 1965 Ford Mustang restored.
Retired Staff Sgt. Kelly Foster had been paying little by little to have his classic car fixed up. He bought the Mustang in 2005 after his first tour of duty in Iraq.
Margaret and Timor Martin were also getting their classic vehicle repaired when they heard about the soldier's story and decided to help him out with the costs.
"We got some friends of ours together and everyone pitched in," said Margaret. "We wanted to kind of pay it forward for someone who has served this country."
Foster thought he was going to simply check on his car; instead, he learned the news it had been restored to mint condition.
When he saw the car, he hugged the Martins.
"I'm extremely surprised. I had no idea this would happen," said Foster. "I'm speechless."
The Martins both come from strong military families and say they wanted to give back to those who served the country.
"We feel like these guys are underpaid and under appreciated," said Martin. "They are not taken care of the way someone who is willing to put their life on their line should be treated."