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Published March 24, 2013, 09:49 PM

"Miracles for Vets" is helping veterans fix their cars

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- A disabled veteran who's been deployed eight times hasn't stopped serving his country since leaving the military.

By: Kayla Strayer, WDAZ, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- A disabled veteran who's been deployed eight times hasn't stopped serving his country since leaving the military.

Veteran Larry Mendivil doesn't let his disabilities get in the way of making a difference in the world, one car at a time.

Larry: "I'm going to dedicate the rest of my life to helping out the disabled vets and struggling families that can't afford to fix their car."

In just a few months, Miracles for Vets Customs has helped about 30 people in need...including disabled Army veteran Tony Sigette.

Tony: "They rewired half of my car because of the fire hazards that were in it."

Do you think it is really miracles for vets? Tony: "Honestly yes."

Mendivil invested every penny he had into starting the program, which is a family affair. His stepdaughter Madison puts her safety glasses on and gets to work.

Disabled veterans like Sigette say they appreciate help from one of their own.

Tony: "They're trying to support the people that fight and protect their lives on an every day basis."

But it's not just veterans that benefit. Bobbie Wallis was down on her luck when she heard about the program.

Bobbie: "My car had died in December and I'd been without a car for a couple of months. I couldn't afford it. I've been unemployed since October."

So, the Miracles for Vets crew went to work.

Bobbie: "To me, not having a car was so debilitating. And getting it back was everything. And it only took them a few days to get everything done and worked out. I mean it was just beautiful."

Wallis says getting her car fixed has helped her get back on her feet.

Bobbie: "It gives me freedom, I actually just got a job so I'm very excited."

Mendivil says the sky is the limit.

Larry: "Miracles For Vets is not only going to change the way disabled vets get help, but hopefully we'll grow big enough to help the nation."

And every person helped gets one of these custom stickers to proudly display on their car. The group is in need of more volunteers and donations. To help out, visit miraclesforvetscustoms.com.

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