Larry Abrams was drafted on May 14, 1972, and went through basic training at Fort Polk Louisiana.
“From day one of boot camp I was made squad leader,” he told WAFB.
The Baton Rouge resident served as a military police officer for several years, his dream as a young man, but dreams don’t always last. When Abrams returned home, life as a civilian proved disheartening. Just a short time ago, Abrams was jobless, homeless, and alone.
“My wife and I were separated and I was practically on the streets,” Abrams told WAFB.
Quad Vets, a nonprofit that helps homeless veterans with housing, meals, employment assistance and other programs, helped Abrams find a place to live. With the help of Racin 4 Vets, a nonprofit that helps service disabled U.S. Military veterans get directly involved in motorsports through competition, career training and camaraderie, the charity also helped him find a car.
But it’s not just any car.
The vehicle’s previous owner was another Army veteran.
“This is in honor of our great nephew who is a Marine and came back from a deployment in Israel and had PTSD. So, it’s in honor of him,” Jeannie Achord told WAFB.
The car belonged to Dylan Achord, who passed away two years ago. Achord’s family held tightly to the memories they had of the man. Giving the car to another veteran helped them honor Dylan’s memory.
“There are no words that say how I feel right now but I know it’s a joy and it’s going to be alright and a merrier Christmas for me, my wife and my family,” Abrams said.
Today, Abrams works as a receptionist. He arrives to his job every day in his new car.
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