Brett Walters repairs a wheelchair in his Idaho auto body shop.

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This Generous Auto Mechanic Gives Veterans a Free Set of Wheels

"He's truly a saint," says one recipient.

At DeeRay’s Auto Body Restoration in Shelley, Idaho, it’s not just cars that come out looking and running good as new. Through a partnership with the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Association, DeeRay’s owner Brett Walters also refurbishes motorized wheelchairs for needy veterans — free of charge.

Walters retools old wheelchairs so that they run smoothly, and he also fixes their upholstery and gives them a new coat of paint. “It takes a week, on and off, to work on one and get it ready,” Waters tells WIFI/CNN. “It’s just a really good feeling. It really makes you happy, and you see their faces.”

Shane Ackerschott, a former member of the Army National Guard, became a paraplegic after a work accident. Recently, he received of one Walters’s rehabbed wheelchairs. Ackerschott says, “If this man does this all in the kindness of his heart, he’s truly a saint, I mean to do this, cause there’s a lot of vets out there who can’t afford things like this.”

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Jenny Shank is a fiction writer and journalist in Boulder, Colo. Her first novel, “The Ringer,” won the High Plains Book Award. Her stories, essays, satire and reviews have appeared in The Atlantic, McSweeney's and The Guardian.