Veteran pays it forward after generous gift

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(WTNH) — For Christina Glasper, getting around these days is all thanks to the generosity of others.

“It means there are some really great people out there doing some awesome things for the veterans,” said Glasper.

Christina’s 2013 Hyundai was a gift from Progressive Keys to Progress, A veterans support program that aims to put vets on the road to success. At age 18 Christina joined the Air National Guard. More than 15 years later she has deployed several times to many different places. She says they are all experiences she wouldn’t trade for anything.

“My mother actually dropped me off at the recruiting station so I didn’t have much of a choice. But, it was the best thing she could have did for me, Said Glasper.

Christina has chosen several times to stay in the service. She is now married with a six year old daughter and two step sons. She has a full-time job plus her duties as the Quartermaster at the VFW in Plainville.

“Reintegrations is always tough. Just getting back into a normal routine, normal activity, finding your place is difficult,” said Glasper.

For Christina finding balance was even more difficult due to a lack of transportation. With just car between them, Christina and her husband juggled as best they could.

“Trying to be at two or three places at one time with one car is difficult. Working opposite shifts is challenging,” she said.

Encouraged by friends at the VFW Christina applied to the program. She was one of the first recipients of a car here in Connecticut back in 2014. Now she’s paying it forward by using the car to help other veterans as well.

“I’ve been to hospitals, doctor appointments, delivering paperwork, picking up flags, dropping off flags. Picking members up, bringing them to meetings, bringing them to church with me,” said Glasper.

Glasper says her drive to give back comes from values instilled in her during her time in the service. She says being recognized for her contributions is something she will never forget.

“It definitely warms my heart to know that there are a lot of people that look after vets and are very proud of us. It’s a different time, a different war. I feel like we are very taken care of,” said Glasper.

Each year Keys to Progress gives out 100 cars to Veterans on Veteran’s Day.

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