HOUSTON A local auto repair shop stepped up to restore a disabled U.S. Marine s car after it was hit by vandals last month.

Hector Cortez discovered the damage on a Sunday morning.

It was an F-word and I ll just leave it at that, he said. The entire driver s side had racial slurs, spray paint vulgarity.

The mirrors were painted black, the bumpers stomped on and busted.

Granted it s not a Mercedes Benz or BMW, but I take pride in the little things that I have, but I have never been that level of embarrassed, Cortez said.

Neighbors said other cars at the West Houston apartments on Threadneedle had also been vandalized.

The owner of Mason Auto Collision in Katy saw Cortez s story on TV and fixed his car for free.

Cortez, who served two tours in Iraq and suffers from PTSD, said he could not be happier.

That was just emotional hurt. This is just overwhelming joy. It s amazing the feeling that I have right now, he said. I have never had anything this shiny before. It looks brand new. It looks awesome.

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