Local Air Force veteran gifted a car | KOB 4

Local Air Force veteran gifted a car

Ryan Laughlin
Updated: November 07, 2019 05:30 PM
Created: November 07, 2019 04:28 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- An Air Force veteran received a new set of wheels Thursday.

Daniel Bucataru was recognized by “Keys to Progress,” an organization that gives cars to veterans.


"I was originally homeless and I had a job that didn't really pay that much,” Bucataru said.

Bucataru signed up for the Air Force after high school. He was trained as a plumber. Eventually, his services in the military were no longer required--- and his training was not recognized in civilian life.

Now, Bucataru  has a job, and it working on getting his commercial driver’s license.

The Nissan, which was provided by Progressive Insurance and Car Crafters, was originally a stolen vehicle.

It went through Progressive's claims process, and a bunch of community partners pitched in to make the donation possible.

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