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Local Vietnam Vet Receives Generous Gift From Aamco

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BALLWIN, MO (KTVI)-- An area man is getting some much needed repairs to his vehicle.

 James Tillman got an unexpected phone call this week. His Taurus was towed to an Aamco Ballwin location.

“We do have some new struts going on the vehicle, ball joints tie rod ends, all kinds of boring suspension parts, but very important,” said Aamco Ballwin Owner Brett Miller.

So are the new tires maintenance checks, water pump, oil change, air filters and air conditioning repairs.

 Aamco, celebrating 50 years in business, is fixing 50 cars in 50 states for veterans. Tillman was nominated by the military order of the Purple Heart to help lend a hand.

Because he lives more than an hour away from a VA facility, Mr. Tillman has missed numerous medical appointments due to car problems. This program hopes to change. all that.

“I use it to go to the store basically back and forth to doctors,” said Vietnam Veteran James Tillman. “I have a number of health problems due to Vietnam exposure to agent orange.  So I'm constantly back and forth between VA Hospital, Barnes Jewish Hospital. So I do need my vehicle.”

Especially since he receives radiation treatments on a regular basis.

“Reliable transportation is something we all depend upon and to be a small part of someone's life it's a very meaningful things,” stated Miller.

And a savings in the pocketbook.

“I feel very blessed, I thank God,” said Tillman. “You know it fell into my lap and I was thinking I was going to have to spend xmas dollars out of my pocket and now it's taken care of.”

 Revamping a vehicle for a veteran seems like a good fix.