Watch Jenna Bush Hager Surprise a Deserving Veteran with a Brand-New Car
Hillman earned a Bronze Star for her combined 16 years in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Reserve, during which she was deployed six times. But when she found out two of her young cousins needed a home, she dropped everything and moved back to raise them. Now, money is tight for the single mom who always manages to put others first. Her savings has been whittled down to zero.
"Raising kids costs money," Hillman told Hager.
After spending some time with her under the guise that she was being interviewed for a Veteran's Day feature, it became abundantly clear to Hager what Hillman needed most: a new car.
"It's dying!" her cousins Isiah and Jose told Hager. "The breaks go squeaaak! One of the windows doesn't work. No AC—we fixed it twice."
So, the Today Show and Progressive's Keys to Progress—along with some help from her hometown—surprised Hillman with a brand-new car.
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"This reinforces what I try to teach my kids," she wrote in a thank you letter to Hager. "That If you're a good person, good things will happen."