Shortly after retired SSgt. Kelly Foster returned from his first tour in Iraq, he bought his dream car — a classic 1965 Ford Mustang.
Unfortunately, the car was far from mint condition. But Foster plugged away at it, working two jobs to pay for fixes on the car little by little, according to KPRC-TV.
Then came along Margaret and Timor Martin. They too were in the process of having their own classic restored.
The Martins have family ties to the military and feel that the nation's soldiers are "underpaid and under appreciated," they told KHOU-TV.
So, never having even met Foster at the time, the Pearland, Texas, couple pulled together funds — about $20,000 in total — with nearly three dozen friends and plotted to surprise the veteran with the restored Mustang over the weekend.
"We wanted to kind of pay it forward for someone who has served this country," Margaret Martin told KHOU.
"They are not taken care of the way someone who is willing to put their life on their line should be treated," she added.
Foster, who thought he was going to check on the car Saturday, instead saw the finished product.
"I'm extremely surprised. I had no idea this would happen," Foster told the news station. "I'm speechless."
Watch KHOU-TV's report with footage of the big reveal:
"I don't feel that veterans get treated for what we've done, what we've been through," he told KPRC. "To be proven wrong is very touching to me."
"I'm still wondering if I'm dreaming," he added.