Local Dealership Gives Pre-Owned Car To Vietnam Vet

Sheldon, Iowa — A Vietnam Vet down on his luck has been given a free used car by a local Sheldon dealership.

Drenkow Motors in Sheldon is a division of Total Motors in Le Mars, and on Monday, Total Motors was notified through a Facebook post by Marissa Korver of Spencer about a Vietnam Veteran she had met named Willard who was in need of a new vehicle. As it turned out, Willard’s apartment had been destroyed in a fire, so he was living in a hotel and was now unable to afford any repairs, including a tow, for his broken down vehicle. And he was concerned about how he was going to make it to his medical appointments at the VA in Sioux Falls.

After a mechanic assessed his vehicle — which was from 1993 and had over 300,000 miles of travel — it was deemed not worth repairing.

When those at Drenkow Motors learned about the situation they tell us they knew they wanted to help in any way they could. So Drenkow Motors teamed up with Korver who started a fundraiser for Willard. They gifted him a nice pre-owned Chrysler 300 completely free-of-charge.

Those at Drenkow and Total Motors say, “Now [Willard] doesn’t have to worry about transportation for his medical appointments and local driving any longer.”

They tell us that funds that had been raised thanks to the efforts of Korver and people in the Spencer and Sheldon area, totaling over $1,100 at last report, were given to Willard to help with any other expenses he may need to register the vehicle and for general expenses.

Drenkow Motors and the Total Motors officials tell us the dealership “…has a deep respect and appreciation for our Veterans, and we appreciate any opportunity to give back to those who sacrifice so much for our country.”