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The Salt Lake Tribune: Layton soldier welcomed home with fixed-up 1987 Chevy Blazer

By on May 30, 2013


Brittany Sorensen has hated her husband’s 1987 Chevrolet Blazer from the moment it appeared in their garage. The cloth seats were ripped, the air conditioning broken. It wasn’t pretty. It was loud. It monopolized her husband’s time. But in the year since her husband, Staff Sgt. Ben Sorensen, left for Afghanistan, Brittany Sorensen undertook a covert operation of her own: fixing the ramshackle off-roader.

She did research, wrote letters and asked for help.

“I had no idea what to expect,” she said. “I thought maybe we’d be lucky and get parts he could use to fix it up when he got home. It’s been so hard with him leaving on [military] tours. He never has the time.”

Something about their story struck executives at California-based They decided to do more than donate parts — they upgraded the car in time for Ben Sorensen’s March 6 homecoming.

Stepping cautiously out of his wife’s car, Ben Sorensen took in the scene unfolding on his driveway: American flags whipped in the winter wind as friends and family clamored to give hugs, pat his shoulder, welcome him home. Television camera crews and photographers zipped to and fro, watching his expression. “My first thought was, ‘Uh-oh, what’s going on here?’” he said.

Then, he saw it: the big black truck under a white banner.

Read full article here: Layton soldier welcomed home with fixed-up 1987 Chevy Blazer The Salt Lake Tribune,

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