Local Congregation Surprises Struggling Veteran with New Car

December 7, 2017, 10:29 am EST | Share:

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (ERICA SCRIPPA, WTAT-TV) — Moved to take action – a local congregation recently heard the story of a Lowcountry veteran who has been struggling but not giving up. So, members stepped in to give back in a big way.

Daniel Tiller, 26, served in the United States Navy. Just two months ago he was homeless.

“October 2nd I was on the streets and on October 3rd I was in a half-way house,” he explained. “About a month later I moved here.”

Patriot Villas – apartments for homeless veterans is now his new home.

“It’s just been fantastic,” said Tiller.

He says it all started with the first step, “Hard work is one of the big ones, the right mindset. Obviously, this wouldn’t happen if I wasn’t ready for it,” he said.

Tiller’s drive to succeed now comes with four new wheels.

It was all a complete surprise.

“I ride two and a half miles from here to work, I ride about five miles every day to work,” said Tiller.

His hard work didn’t go unnoticed.

“Everyone deserves a second chance. People make mistakes in their life. Love your neighbors, love unconditionally like you want to be loved and good things will happen,” said Tiller.

Patriot Villas was converted from a former motel into apartments for veterans. The complex on Rivers Avenue has 74 rooms, each with a bed, bathroom, and kitchen.

The VA is the main partner for the project to get homeless veterans off the streets.