Texas family gifts late son’s car to Army veteran

Texas family gifts late son’s car to Army veteran
A Texas couple gifted a 2018 Honda Accord that belonged to their late son to an Army veteran. (Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

A Texas family helped steer an Army veteran’s life in a positive direction.

Mark and Linda Asteris, of Montgomery, gifted a car owned by their late son to veteran Nick Moffit, the Houston Chronicle reported. The couple gave the 2018 Honda Accord to Moffit, 34, of Pinehurst about two weeks ago, and the Army vet talked about their generosity Saturday morning, the newspaper reported.

“I was an hour from going and buying a car and I couldn’t afford it,” said Moffitt, who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and had to deal with family issues and alcoholism as a result. “I had to start over, I lost everything, but in this process, I found me. I am forever grateful for the family; you guys have helped me out in more ways than you know.”

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The Asteris family said the car belonged to their son, who died May 27. Paul Asteris had turned 50 in April, according to his obituary. Paul Asteris was described as a “good father,” “sports fanatic” and an architect who specialized in designing pediatric hospitals nationwide, the Chronicle reported.

The Asterises decided to give their son’s vehicle to a deserving veteran and spoke with George Huxel, a member of American Legion Post 411 in Conroe who chose Moffit to receive the car.

“I’m just glad somebody could use it and that it went to a deserving person who is in need,” Linda Asteris told the Chronicle.

Moffit was formally given the car Saturday morning, the newspaper reported.

“This last 10 years has been a struggle,” Moffitt said. “I didn’t really know how to identify a lot of the things that were wrong. I lost two families to this PTSD, not to say I didn’t earn it. I earned my keep through this whole thing, but I finally took a stand to better myself and try to do things a different way, try to do things God’s way and it has been working out so far.”

Now that he is mobile again, Moffit said he wants to earn his college degree.

“I’m in a position where I can focus on school, I can focus on the relationship with my children and myself,” Moffitt told the Chronicle. “It gives me a true reset button, not having a bill, not having that situation -- the car is brand new. There is nothing I need to do to it, except for put gas into it, and I’ve got 40 miles to the gallon.”