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A car for Christmas: Community helps Mesa veteran in need

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Mesa Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Sally Harrison, Richard Thompson from Valley Express Towing, Veteran William Velovich, Councilmember Kevin Thompson, Mayor John Giles, Congressman-elect Andy Biggs and Lee Huff, legislative assistant for Veterans Affairs on Dec. 22. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)
Last year for Thanksgiving the Mesa Chamber’s Veterans Program, in cooperation with chamber member Valley Express Towing, donated a van to a Mesa military veteran. This year, the chamber elves reached out to Lee Huff with Congressman Matt Salmon’s office and located a veteran in need who is living in Mesa in Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema’s district. William Velovich, a U.S. Air Force veteran who served during the Vietnam War, recently fell on hard times when his car was totaled in an accident.

Richard Thompson from Valley Express Towing hands Air Force veteran William Velovich the keys to his new car this week. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)
Richard Thompson from Valley Express Towing hands Air Force veteran William Velovich the keys to his new car this week. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)

The Mesa Chamber of Commerce, Mesa Mayor John Giles, Mesa City Councilmember Kevin Thompson, the owners of Valley Express Towing and others gathered Dec. 22 in front of the chamber’s Christmas tree in downtown Mesa to hand over the keys to a car donated by Valley Express.

“As a veteran, I’m proud to be associated with organizations, like the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, that takes pride in helping our veterans,” Councilmember Thompson said. “We have such a compassionate community that strives to give back, and that’s really one of the main reasons Mesa is such a great place to live, work, and play.”

Veteran William Velovich gets in his new car. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)
Veteran William Velovich gets in his new car. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)
Richard Thompson from Valley Express Towing hands Air Force veteran William Velovich the keys to his new car this week. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)
Richard Thompson from Valley Express Towing hands Air Force veteran William Velovich the keys to his new car this week. (Ted Wendel/MyNewsMesa.com)

“Mesa has a big heart for our veterans and it’s exciting to see members of the community coming to help veterans who have fallen on hard times,” Mesa Chamber President/CEO Sally Harrison said.

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