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Wounded Marine receives free handicap-accessible van


Staff Sgt. Danielle Pothoof

A wounded based at Camp Pendleton received a handicap-accessible van as a thank you gift from Pacific Credit Union at Camp Pendleton’s Wounded Warrior Battalion West.

Staff Sgt. Danielle Pothoof was picked to get the van by the Corps Relief Society on base.

Pontoof, an active-duty and Purple Heart recipient, was wounded when a roadside bomb exploded while she was serving in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province.. The injury led to amputation of her left leg, below the knee.

The handicap-accessible van was returned to the Credit Union after the previous owner died. Instead of selling or auctioning the vehicle, employees came up with the idea to donate the vehicle to a local wounded warrior.

“Being able to give back to our and honor the sacrifices they make for our country is absolutely wonderful, especially when it’s someone as deserving as Staff Sgt. Pothoof,” said Bill Birnie, president and CEO at Pacific Credit Union.

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