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Operation Veteran Valor: Nominate a U.S. veteran to win a free truck

Operation: Veteran Valor, a contest during which a truck will be given away to a deserving veteran, is sponsored by R and B Automotive and Diesel Repair, the Greeley Tribune, Eaton Paint and Body and K99 radio station.

Know a veteran who could use a free truck?

Rich and Bev Rhoades, owners of R and B Automotive and Diesel Repair, 223 U.S. 85 in Ault, and long-time customer Davis Winegar teamed up to buy a truck that will be given away to a deserving veteran. The contest is called Operation: Veteran Valor and the truck will be given away between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. July 4 on the free stage at the Greeley Stampede at Island Grove Regional Park, 501 N. 14th Ave., in Greeley.

Residents can nominate a veteran online at http://www.greeleytribune.com/operationveteranvalor or in person at The Greeley Tribune, 501 8th Ave. The last day to nominate a veteran in person is Friday, however, nominations can be made online through Sunday.

Rhoades and Winegar said they came up with the idea to donate a truck to a veteran in January. Both have relatives who served in the U.S. military, who include Winegar's brother, Rhoades' brother, father, uncle and great-grandfather. They were looking for a way to give back to veterans for what they do for the country, so the pair split the cost of a truck to donate.

"By all means, I'm not made of money," Rhoades said, "but this is the best way I could give back to those who gave so much to us."

The truck that's being given away to a veteran is a 2004 Dodge 3500 4×4 Diesel that will feature a rebuilt motor, a rebuilt transmission and an all-new custom paint scheme worth $10,000 from Eaton Paint and Body.

Rhoades said he approached Eaton Paint and Body owner Mike Stephenson, who was immediately on board with the project of renovating the hail-damaged truck. For about a month and a half, Stephenson and his team spent their weekends working on the truck for free, Rhoades said.

Rhoades and Winegar said they hope the truck goes to someone who really needs it, and they hope they're able to change at least one veteran's life. As of today, they've had about seven nominations and hope to get a few more.

"Our vets are not as appreciated as they should be," Winegar said. "I just wanted to do something for them."

The contest is sponsored by R and B Automotive and Diesel Repair, the Greeley Tribune, Eaton Paint and Body, 15 Oak Ave. #A in Eaton, and K99 radio station, 600 Main St. in Windsor.

Nominate a vet

To nominate a veteran you believe is worthy of a free truck, go to http://www.greeleytribune.com/operationveteranvalor before July 2 and submit your nomination.

A winner will be announced between 4-6 p.m. July 4 at the free stage at the Greeley Stampede at Island Grove Regional Park, 501 N. 14th Ave. in Greeley.