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Jay Leno presents retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Angela Morales-Biggs the keys to her new vehicle at the White House Correspondents’ Garden Brunch on April 27, 2019. (2:27)

A brand-new car for a Purple Heart recipient

At the 2019 White House Correspondents’ Garden Brunch, retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Angela Morales-Biggs received a new, payment-free vehicle awarded through Military Warriors Support Foundation’s Transportation4Heroes program.

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One of America’s female military heroes has a brand-new, payment-free vehicle thanks to Military Warriors Support Foundation, Jones Junction auto group, and Wells Fargo.

In late April, retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Angela Morales-Biggs was awarded a new Nissan Pathfinder during the 26th annual White House Correspondents’ Garden Brunch in Washington, D.C. Morales-Biggs was surprised on stage with the vehicle donation by comedian and well-known car aficionado Jay Leno.

Morales-Biggs — a mother of two young children with a third due in July — was thrilled with the gift, noting it will help her as she transitions from a 21-year military career to civilian life and pursues a degree in psychology.

Master Sgt. Angela Morales-Biggs, her husband Ralph, left, son Jacob, daughter Alessandra, Wayne Dale of Wells Fargo Auto, and Jerry Quinn of Wells Fargo Military and Veteran Initiatives pose in front of a red Nissan Pathfinder.
Master Sgt. Angela Morales-Biggs, her husband Ralph, left, son Jacob, daughter Alessandra, Wayne Dale of Wells Fargo Auto, and Jerry Quinn of Wells Fargo Military and Veteran Initiatives pose in front of the vehicle that was donated payment-free to Morales-Biggs and her family.

“I joined the military right after high school to become a flight medic and to later become a combat medic — I wanted to follow in my father’s and grandfather’s footsteps, who served in the Air Force and Army Air Corps.” said Morales-Biggs, who received a Purple Heart after being wounded in combat. “Now being retired, my next plan is to be a counselor and help other wounded warriors. And short-term, I’m a mom, soon to have two infants — so I’m looking forward to spending time with my family and just enjoying that for once.”

The donation to Morales-Biggs marked the 26th time since 2015 that Military Warriors Support Foundation and Wells Fargo have teamed up to award U.S. military veterans new, payment-free vehicles. Wells Fargo has also donated more than 350 homes to veterans and Gold Star Families in all 50 states since 2012, including many through Military Warriors Support Foundation’s sister program, Homes4WoundedHeroes.

In both donation programs, awarded veterans also receive family and financial mentorship designed to help them successfully transition to civilian life and manage the significant changes they face after leaving a career in the military.

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