Iraq War veteran Josue Guerrero-Uribe gets on a practically brand new 2017 Hyundai Elantra received at Caliber Collision in Costa Mesa on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Guerrero-Uribe was nominated for the Recycled Rides vehicle by The Mission Continues which empowers veterans to continue their service in the community. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Contributing Photographer)

COSTA MESA — Josue Guerrero-Uribe used to spend hours on buses in the Los Angeles area going to and from various volunteer projects.
When he left the Marine Corps in 2008 after serving eight years, Guerrero-Uribe struggled with alcohol and anger management issues. He found solace in helping others, putting in hundreds of hours to help build sports fields and teaching financial management and English classes at various schools and libraries to some of Los Angeles County’s poorest residents.
He did all this without a car, taking buses to Boyle Heights, Torrance, Hollywood and other locations, sometimes in the course of a day.
“If I had to be at a school at 8 a.m., I’d leave my home at six in the morning,” Guerrero-Uribe said, adding that he sometimes got back to his Hollywood home around 10 p.m. “I travel sometimes 200 miles per day.”
But bus rides are a thing of the past for …
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