Back on the road

By Suzanne Stempinski, field editor

David Acosta considers himself one of the luckiest men alive. After almost 20 years of marriage, he’s still head over heels in love with his wife, he has two beautiful daughters, and he’s been given a chance to rebuild his life as the winner of the Arrow Truck Back On The Road 2011 campaign.

A Navy veteran living in Florida, Acosta dreamed of having his own truck while he worked in construction, drove for food service companies, and took care of his family. Acosta eventually bought a used truck. He worked hard and loved it. His wife, Angie, stayed home to take care of daughters Shequina and Amanda. Amanda, now turning 17, has suffered from a kidney disorder since the age of 4.

In a short period of time, a series of breakdowns and lost revenue left him behind on his payments, while high medical bills piled on top to take him to the brink of financial disaster.

“When it rains, it pours,” explained Acosta.” Through good times and bad times, the glue that’s held us together has been our faith in God. God has been the one who has watched our steps for us.”

Even though Acosta had to give up his truck, he refused to give up his dreams. He got back behind the wheel as a driver and kept on going in order to take care of his family. They’ve always come first. When Acosta talks about his wife, his eyes light up.

“Ange, she’s amazing. Everyone loves her. She has that ability – when you talk to her, you feel better when you’re done. She has a tremendous heart,” he said.

His family feels the same way about him. David’s wife nominated him for Arrow Truck Sales Back On The Road competition to show her appreciation for his always putting their family first. LL