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Giovani Bernard and his future mother-in-law donate famous minivan featured on HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’

The minivan that Bernard drove to practice is going to the Hoog family after Dustin Hoog was wounded in Iraq.

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One of the most memorable moments from HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ in 2013 was the Bengals’ second-round draft pick driving to practice in a minivan.

Giovani Bernard was only a rookie when he borrowed a minivan from his then-girlfriend’s (now fiancee’s) mother for training camp.

His future mother-in-law, Anita, just purchased a new vehicle, according to a report from WKRC, and she wanted to donate her minivan to someone in need.

Bernard’s fiancee’s mother, Anita, recently bought a new vehicle from the Mercedes Benz of Fort Mitchell, and decided to ask the dealership if they knew of anyone who would be in need of her minivan, as she would like to donate it if so.

The dealership’s marketing director, Dan Bell, heard her offer and realized that it could not have come at a better time. He thought of United States Marine Veteran Corporal Dustin Hoog, who had been severely injured in an ambush in Iraq.

Bell had just heard that morning about Hoog and his family and how they could really use a hand. He was told about the 33-year-old veteran, who was injured in Fallujah, and who needed dependable transportation for himself, his wife, and his five children.

Bernard and Anita were happy to give the famed minivan to the Hoog family, which they now can use to make their weekly trips to Cincinnati Veterans Hospital for Dustin’s treatments.

What better way to thank Cpl. Hoog for his service!