Strangers raise money to help homeless army veteran get CDL

A homeless army veteran who said he’s fallen on hard times the last few years and moved to Central Texas to better his life by enrolling in a local truck driving school got a helping hand from strangers who chipped in to pay an outstanding balance which would have prevented him from graduating with his CDL.

North Carolina native Giann Soto, 26, is in the middle of completing a five-week course for his CDL at ATDS Truck Driving School in Elm Mott. Soto started the coursework on Dec. 4  and was informed this past week by the school’s admissions representative Jessica Millsaps that he had an outstanding balance of $820 that had to be paid for lodging, drug screening, and licensing fees. “I would have had to drop out,” Soto told KWTX.

That's when a number of local residents pitched in to help Soto.