PORTLAND – A local Iraq War veteran got a much-needed boost from the community.
United States Army Cpl. Kevin Kirby and his wife have eight kids and they did not have a working vehicle. But on Tuesday he was surprised when he was awarded a refurbished 2007 Hyundai Tucson, courtesy of Progressive Insurance.
The award was part of a national program called “Keys to Progress.” Cpl. Kirby was selected for the honor because he volunteers much of his time helping disabled veterans.
“I never asked for anything in return and this, out of the blue, was amazing,” Kirby said. “I don’t like to ask for help—I’m more of a giver—and this is unbelievable.”
Progressive Insurance donated the car and International Collision Repair refurbished it. The National Auto Body Council, local body shops, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 1 800 Charity Cars, local VFWs and other military charities also participate in the program.