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Local Iraq War veteran receives vehicle

MADISON (WKOW) — A local Iraq War veteran has been honored for his service to our country with some new wheels.

U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Andrew Diaz, a two-time Purple Heart recipient was recognized for this year’s Recycled Rides event.

Diaz received a 2016 Jeep Patriot during a ceremony at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Madison. In 2006, Diaz was on patrol in Iraq when his vehicle was hit by an IED.

“They told me congratulations you and your family were selected to get a free car was mind blowing to me,” said Diaz. “We don’t ask for anything and we’re not really looking for anything but it just makes us feel so good that they would do something so awesome for us.”

Diaz re-enlisted in 2010.

Matthew Cash

Senior Executive Producer

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