Jim and his new car
Jim Stewart, a homeless Vietnam veteran, checks out his new ride in late July. Up until recently, Stewart lived out of his old car – a 1996 Pontiac – but it had no functioning air conditioner. Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime Contracting Supervisor Nicole Banks began a fundraiser to help get Stewart off the street and raised enough to purchase the 2007 Honda Element to replace the Pontiac. The pair originally met in early July, when she saw him in the parking lot of her local grocery store. The two shared a connection when they discovered each had previously served in the Marine Corps. Moved by Stewart’s plight, Banks has worked diligently with a growing network of friends and strangers to help get Stewart off the streets.

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