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Some people in south suburban Houston had a surprising way to say thank you to an Iraq war veteran for his service.

Retired SSgt. Kelly Foster  bought a 1965 Ford Mustang after his first tour in Iraq.

He’s been slowly paying to have the car restored little by little.

But when other people heard what he was doing, they took up a collection and had the rest of the work done.

The rest of the restoration cost about $20,000.