New car to bring 'peace of mind' for local veteran with special-needs child

New car to bring 'peace of mind' for local veteran with special-needs child

URBANA — A veteran with a special-needs child will receive a new car today to take his son to medical appointments.

Danny Shafer, who joined the Army immediately after graduating from Hoopeston Area High School in 1999, will be presented with the keys to a Ford Fusion.

"Having the peace of mind to know I have a reliable car to take my son, Austin, to specialists from Peoria to Cincinnati is huge," said Shafer, who lives in Urbana.

The pre-Veterans Day event starts at 11 a.m. and includes lunch at Service King of Urbana, 802 E. Perkins Road, which is co-sponsoring the event with Progressive Insurance.

Including his National Guard service, Shafer served for 16 years, said Progressive's Shane Brilley.

Shafer completed two tours overseas, his first in the Middle East and second in Germany. There he protected Patriot missile systems and intelligence posts.

After returning to the States, he moved into a recruiting role for the military. He is now also a full-time student.

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