Strangers Restore Iraq Veteran's Car For Free (Photos, Video)

| by Emily Smith

Iraq war veteran Kelly Foster had slowly been paying to have his classic 1965 Ford Mustang restored when two total strangers decided to pitch in and cover the remaining costs.

"We got some friends of ours together and everyone pitched in," Margaret Martin, whose husband also helped, said. "We wanted to kind of pay it forward for someone who has served this country."

(via USA Today)

The Martins, who both come from military families, had also been restoring their classic vehicle when they heard about the soldier’s story and decided to cover the remaining costs. When Foster went into the shop to check on his car, he was shocked to learn that it had been restored to mint condition.

(via AOL)

When Foster saw the car, he immediately hugged the Martins.

“I’m extremely surprised. I had no idea this would happen,” Foster said. “I’m speechless.”

The Martins noted that veterans are underpaid and underappreciated. They added that soldiers are often not treated the way someone who is willing to put their life on the line for others should be treated.

The shop noted that the Mustang, which Foster bought in 2005 after his first tour of duty in Iraq, took $20,000 to restore completely.

Sources: KHOU, My High Plains