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West Richland woman gets keys to new wheelchair accessible van won in contest

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NBCRightNow.com - A West Richland family's life just got a whole lot easier

NBC Right Now first brought you Susan Kirsch's story several months ago for Veterans Day, she and her son are disabled.

Susan and her son Jeffrey's story is hard to forget.

We first met them at their West Richland home back in November when she had just gotten a call saying she was the winner of a national contest for a wheelchair accessible van.

Susan says this call was an answer to her prayers.

Susan is an Air Force veteran who injured her back during a war drill years ago.

More recently, her son Jeffrey suffered a football injury and has since been in extreme pain and almost unable to walk.

With frequent appointments in Seattle, the family had to make the trip in their SUV with a mattress in the back for Jeffrey to lay down, leaving no room for Susan to even lean her seat back.

But now, all that has changed and she's now the owner of a brand new Toyota Sienna.

"This is just going to make it so that we have quite a bit more independence. It was just one little website click on a thing that said vans for vets and just solved a whole lot of problems for us. It's been a big blessing," Kirsch said. 

This contest is part of Arizona based company Vantage Mobility's Star Spangled Salute contest.

More than 2,000 veterans entered the contest. 

Susan says she is trilled to finally have the keys in her hands.