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Formerly homeless vet gets new SUV

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HVAF helped Stephanie Coiner find a place to live when she became homeless. HVAF helped Stephanie Coiner find a place to live when she became homeless.
Coiner is all smiles now that she can significantly shorten her commute time. Coiner is all smiles now that she can significantly shorten her commute time.
Coiner's SUV. Coiner's SUV.
INDIANAPOLIS -

A formerly homeless veteran who has spent nearly five hours a day commuting on a bus to work is calling it "a miracle."

Stephanie Coiner won't have to ride the bus anymore. The Army veteran got an SUV from someone who wanted to do something nice for a homeless vet.

Coiner, 50, had to take multiple buses to get to and from work at her job as a pharmacy technician at a downtown business. Now, thanks to the kindness of a stranger and the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation, she has a job, a place to live and wheels of her own.

Coiner couldn't stop smiling and laughing Monday morning.

"This is so much better than the bus," she said. "A truck means I can move stuff. I don't have a lot of stuff to move, but it's nice to know that if I ever get some more stuff, I have some place to put it!"

Coiner became homeless when she lost her house to foreclosure in 2010. The HVAF helped her get back on her feet when she entered their housing program in February 2011.

"The car will help complete Stephanie's return to an independent and productive life, giving her better access to her work and cutting down on a stressful commute that had the potential to negatively impact her productivity on the job," said Debra Des Vignes, HVAF.

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