A Vehicle for a Special Veteran

Thursday, July 3, 2014 2:57 PM

This Fourth of July holiday will be like no other for Alton Byrd and his family: the Army veteran was awarded his 1995 Honda Civic from Vehicles for Change on Thursday, July 3, and his daughter danced around VFC’s garage with joy as her dad received the keys. Alton and his daughter arrived at the bus stop at 7:30 a.m. the morning of his orientation class, scheduled for 11 a.m. What should have been a 20 minute drive to VFC’s office was more than a three-hour trip by bus, a reflection of how much longer errands take by public transit. Needless to say, he was ecstatic to be receiving a car from Vehicles for Change.

Alton discovered the Vehicles for Change program through an acquaintance that had previously gone through the program with Gaudenzia Treatment Facility. As an Army veteran, he went through the program with Veteran’s Affairs, and about 6 weeks after applying he is leaving with a new way of life.

Mr. Byrd is the single dad of two daughters, ages 6 and 20. The younger daughter, while quiet and shy during the class, gained a new energy when she stepped into VFC’s shop and saw her family’s new car.

Alton already has a lot of plans for his vehicle: he now can take his daughter to the DC zoo, take her to daycare, and get her to every ballet class. She did not hide her passion for dance as she spun around, and her dad smiled as he watched.

Vehicles for Change thanks Mr. Byrd for his service to our country and wishes him and all a happy and safe holiday!

Listen to Alton and his adorable daughter Amiyah here.