• Veteran drives 110 miles for class to take care of wife diagnosed with cancer

    By: Mariah Ellis

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    TULSA, Okla. - QUICK FACTS;

    • A 74-year-old man is going the extra mile to support his with who has been diagnosed with cancer.
    • David Nelson is one of several students who started their first day of class Monday after enrolling at the Tulsa Welding School. He commutes 110 miles from Choctaw after earning a full ride scholarship to the school.
    • The Vietnam Veteran served in the military for 20 years, earning a Purple Heart, bronze and silver star during his service. 
    • Staff at the school told FOX23 it wasn’t just his military service that earned him a full ride, but they say Nelson is an inspiration. The 74-year-old is going back to school get back in the work force to support his wife who was diagnosed with cancer in 2016.
    • The veteran says he plans to work at least five years to help pay for medical expenses and to go on vacation with his wife so they can enjoy their days together.
    • Nelson says he lost his first wife to the same disease, but says faith got him through the war, and it will get them through this tough battle.
    • Nelson is part of a 7 month program. According to school officials, the welding is a booming industry that will guarantee a job.

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