Veterans spread holiday cheer, give away gift cards to community

Veterans go on giving spree

DALLAS -- Athletes at the Adaptive Training Foundation are enjoying a rare off day. 

Gym founder David Vobora, a former NFL player, is preparing to take his work to the streets, armed with $10,000 in Starbucks gift cards.

This isn't your average gym or your average clientele -- ATF works with people who have survived life-threatening injuries -- most of them are veterans. 

"Often times those in our foundation, they're the ones that are being served during the holidays, but what better testament than them to be able to go out and to stop and to help people that are doing good," Vabora said. 

People like Mike Maas, a veteran of the South African Defense Force, was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's. 

"The mind is stronger than anything else, and that's what they do here they get your mind to where you place where you can control," Mass said. 

As you can see, he's come a long way. 

The gym is a nonprofit that relies on community support. On a cold December morning, they hit the streets to give back to the same community that's allowed them to succeed. 

Their first stop is the Dallas Police Association, fire station #4.

"My hope is to put smiles on people's faces just say thank you, have some good holiday cheer," Vabora said. 

All along the way, the veterans reflect on how far they've come in their own training. 

"I'm in a better place than I was say five months ago," said Q Quintana, a USMC veteran.

Quintana served in Afghanistan. His prosthetic hasn't stopped him from getting back in shape, and today he's happy to be able to give back. 

"It feels good. I know what it feels like it feels good to get something -- a card to know that your kids can eat or you can eat," Quintana said. 

Their mission takes them all over Dallas -- each interaction is a simple reminder that they are alive and able to make an impact -- a feeling they hope to spread with as many people as possible. 

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