Grieving family surprises veteran with early Christmas gift

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. – A Vietnam veteran who proudly served for 22 years received an early Christmas gift that will give him freedom to move around at his own pace.

Jim Jones suffered two injuries during his time in Vietnam and as he ages walking has become more difficult.

"My back and knees, but also my shoulders were going," Jones told FOX 5. He dreamed of having an electric wheelchair, but never thought that day would actually come – until this weekend.

Thanks to the North County San Diego Veterans Stand Down organization, Jones was selected to inherit the $19,000 electric wheelchair that a woman Kit once rode.

Kit's family, who wanted to remain anonymous, said she recently passed away due to medical complications from a car crash. One of Kit's family members served in the military and wanted to give back to the veteran community by donating her wheelchair.

"I just want to thank them so much they have no idea. Well, I guess they do know how much it means to be able to get around." said Jones. "This is a Christmas gift and I'm glad for it."