Woman ‘shocked’ after winning Jeep Veteran vows to use vehicle for commute to VA hospital
Angela Maberry was one of the five finalists invited to the Chuck Wagon Community Fund Fall Roundup.
However, the 35-year-old didn’t expect the letter she wrote would cement her as the winner of a 2019 Jeep Cherokee during Thursday’s concert at the Ector County Coliseum.
Maberry — who has worked for the VA Medical Center in Big Spring since January 2015 — has promised to use the Jeep to make the drive from her home in San Angelo around West Texas to help veterans.
“To hear my name, I was shocked and I wasn’t expecting it,” she said during a phone interview. “I don’t feel like I’m any better or more deserving than any other veteran.”
The Chuck Wagon Community Fund teamed up with All American Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Midland for the vehicle.
Ladonna Wilson, who is the general manager of All American Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Midland, contacted the Jason Harrington — the president of the Chuck Wagon Community Fund and Chuck Wagon Gang Boss — about being part of the event.
“I wanted to be part of this,” she said. “I wanted to know what I could do to help them. Jason and I started kicking some ideas around and that’s when we came up with the idea to give a car away. He said, ‘Can you do that?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, I think I can make that happen.’”
Maberry said Thursday morning started at 5 a.m. when she drove to work in Big Spring and after work she traveled over to Odessa for the Thursday’s concert which included the headline act of Big & Rich featuring Cowboy Troy with Gary Chapman.
Once the concert was over, Maberry drove from Odessa to San Angelo — arrived home at 3 a.m. — to see her four kids off to school this morning. Her children found out their mom won a Jeep and wanted to see the news clips that caught her reaction during the concert.
“This morning we woke up to messages that I was on the news, so before I sent my children off to school, they wanted to see the news clips,” Maberry said with a laugh. “We all sat there and watched it together and they were like, ‘Mom, you are really shy and covered your face.’ They were overwhelmed to see their mom on TV.”
Prior to working for the VA Medical Center in Big Spring, Maberry spent five years in the Air Force and then moved to the reserves while she earned bachelor and master degrees in health administration. She is also a member of American College of Healthcare Executives.
Maberry said it was special to be part of the event as the proceeds from the event are benefitting veterans through music therapy and other nonprofit groups throughout the area.
“The overwhelming amount of support, people patting me on the back, people giving me high fives and it was people I’ve never met before,” Maberry said. “It was like we all came together as a small community at a concert.”
Maberry drives at least 200 miles every day in her commute from San Angelo to Big Spring. She said she has logged 200,000 since she has worked for the VA Medical Center. Maberry also said her VA services more than 18,500 veterans from West Texas and parts of New Mexico.
Though she spends most of her time at work in Big Spring, Maberry said she travels to help veterans sign up for assistance. Maberry plans to use the jeep as her primary commuter vehicle.
“I have never checked out a government owned vehicle for my commuting,” she said. “I vowed to them that I would continue making the drive every day and that’s what I’m going to use the vehicle for.”