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Two Kansas City military vets receive free cars

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“Everything was a surprise,” veteran Randy Ramirez said. (KCTV5) “Everything was a surprise,” veteran Randy Ramirez said. (KCTV5)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A few local veterans were honored Thursday with a surprise, and it instantaneously changed their lives. 

More than 100 veterans were invited to 63 locations across the country to receive a gift for their service. They had no idea that gift was a newly refurbished car.

For the fourth year, Progressive Insurance honored veterans with reliable transportation so they can get back on the road faster.

“Everything was a surprise,” veteran Randy Ramirez said.

“I kept praying and asked for a car, and would you look at this?” veteran Kevin Cosgrove said.

Entering back into civilian life after his years of service was not easy for Cosgrove.

“I ended up losing everything. I was homeless,” he said.

Now, he has a way to get back to work.

"I got some hope today that my life is not over. I have a future,” he said.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, about 40-percent of veterans live in rural areas, like Cosgrove and Ramirez, where affordable transportation is necessary for employment and medical care.

Ramirez is just thrilled his wife and daughter can now get around safely. He is quite humble about deserving such a grand gift. Serving our country was his honor, he said.

“Everything we did, we did from the heart and for this country. I love this country,” he said.

Since Progressive started their "Keys to Progress" event, they have surprised more than 400 veterans with reliable transportation.

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