Veteran, His Family Receive Free Truck From Group After Being Stranded In Tulsa

A veteran and his family have a new van to help them get around after their RV broke down during a cross country trip, leaving them stranded in Tulsa.

Monday, June 6th 2022, 5:33 pm

By: News On 6


A veteran and his family received a free van after their RV broke down during a cross-country trip, leaving them stranded in Tulsa.

Troy Thurman packed up an RV with his wife and their four kids, but he said their great cross-country adventure quickly turned into a nightmare. 

“I figured we would just shove it all into the RV and bring it back down cause I thought the thing was good to go but it turns out things weren’t good to go," said Thurman.

He said they moved out of their home in Oregon and set out on a trip, but two hours into the drive, the RV broke down on their way to Kansas to visit family. Their goal was to head to Texas and buy a home. “Then the prices sky-rocketed on homes and they lost, they couldn’t get that amount of money loan. So they completely lost where they were going to live and with the four children and being in an RV that doesn’t run, that was the compelling part of their story," said Brian Christenson.

Thurman contacted Brian Christenson and Cars 4 Heroes, a Kansas group that provides cars for veterans, police officers, and firefighters who are in need. Thurman said receiving this car brings his family a sense of normalcy during difficult times. 

“Everybody has problems. Try to be considerate," said Thurman.

The group said every donation helps a family like the Thurmans. 

“You can donate anything. It could be a car, it could be a junker and we pick it up, we can scrap it to get a nice car to give away so the families have nice transportation to get around from point a to point b," said Garen Armstrong. 


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