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Veteran who helped other vets killed in car crash

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A man who dedicated his life to helping veterans find jobs died in a car crash this morning. It happened on Shell Point Road near NC 130 in Brunswick County around 7:30 a.m.

Milton Daniel Peninger, 60, was only about two miles from his home on his way to work when troopers say he crossed the center line and side-swiped a dump truck. He was not wearing his seat belt.

Peninger was a year away from retiring from his job at the Employment Security Commission in New Hanover County, where he helped veterans. He was a Vietnam veteran himself, as well as a cancer survivor.

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Dan Peninger

I can also attest to the fact that Dan was a good man. He was also a tough man, I saw him go through some tough times...he never gave up. The world lost a good person.

Dan Peninger

Dan Peninger was a wonderful man!! Has a beautiful wife and 2 children. Also, he has wonderful loving friend and most of all Family. How sadden I am about Dan and I am praying for his family and asking God to help them all get through this hard time.
May God comfort this family,Jamie Gant Garner