Stolen welding truck puts Army veteran out of work
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
Aaron Eubanks, an Army veteran, and his fiance live in a tiny duplex in Tulsa. He'd just left the military and returned home to start a new life with.
Eubanks was going to school to become a full-fledged pipeline welder like his dad. His dad was so happy, he gave him a fully-loaded welding truck equipped with everything you need to get the job done.
"That was his baby. He put a lot of money into it," said Eubanks.
Around $70,000, according to Eubanks.
That fresh start was looking pretty good until he woke up New Year's Day to hop in his truck and go to work.
"And it was gone," said Eubanks.
Stolen from just outside his home. No truck, no way to get to work or school. And worse, no way to make money.
"Losing a welding truck is you lose your career," said Eubanks. "You're fired. You can't go back to it."
Right now, police are doing all they can to track it down, but Eubanks doesn't have much hope.
"From what I know, rigs, when they're stolen, they get stripped that day. There's a lot of money to be made off rigs," said Eubanks.
Eubanks can't help but to blame himself for losing his father's truck.
"I feel extremely responsible. I fee horrible, I mean, it was a gift from my father," said Eubanks.
And with no way to provide for his family, he wonders if that fresh start was the right decision.
"It's gotten to the point where sometimes I wish I didn't get out of the military," said Eubanks.
His father set up a Gofundme account for Eubanks. If you'd like to help, click here.