Soldier's Wish helps veteran whose welding truck was stolen from driveway

Soldier's Wish helps veteran whose welding truck was stolen from driveway (KTUL)

SAPULPA, Okla. (KTUL) - The new year is turning around for Aaron Eubanks after the welding truck his Dad set up for him was stolen from his driveway on New Year's Day, but he now has a big Dodge dual-wheel pickup with a brand-new welding machine.

Eubanks was handed the keys by Soldier's Wish at the Sapulpa Subway Restaurant Thursday afternoon. When the people at Soldier's Wish learned about his situation, they decided to help. With the truck, he can follow in his father's footsteps who worked with the U.S. Army in pipeline welding.

Eubanks said he loves the work, "Just knowing that as a human being I can control electricity to melt that metal and make it do what I want it to."

Eubanks also said the help he's getting makes him feel extremely grateful, but those who made it happen are honored to have helped an eight-year veteran.

Soldier's Wish Volunteer Mark Ochsenbein said they were touched by his story.

Ochsenbein said, "Everything that he owned to help him do the job after his graduation was stolen from him. I saw the news on Channel 8 and, I said, 'Oh no, we gotta help this guy.'"

It all worked out thanks to contributions from more than 150 Subway restaurants in the Tulsa area and an anonymous donor.

Eubanks is excited about his future again.

"As far as the work goes, I love welding. I love everything about it," he said.

While he finishes his welding education, he'll work at a car wash and do side welding jobs to help support his family.

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