Regardless of where readers come down on the Iraq War debate, most can agree to appreciate the sacrifice and courage required to be a soldier in the U.S. Armed Forces. That's what makes a new Associated Press article about a returning car-crazy Indiana National Guardsman so uplifting.

39-year-old reservist Spc. Bob Metcalf, returned from a one year stint in Iraq to a surprise gift from friends and relatives: his basket-case 1967 Plymouth Barracuda restored in gleaming, patriotic style. The once rusty and fenderless musclecar has been reworked featuring a sparkling blue paint job with red and white stripes. In Overhaulin'-esque fashion, volunteers worked for six months to realize "one soldier's dream."

Congratulations and kudos to all involved... and for any readers that come across pics of the Mopar in question, please feel free to tip us off.

[Source: The Associated Press via Fort Wayne News Sentinel, Mountain Gateway Mopars]

(Tip-nod: Starlightmica)