Vet Got Scammed, Then Lifted Up: 5 Brilliant Stories This Week including an angry note writer's change of heart By Newser Editors, Newser Staff Posted Jun 26, 2016 5:14 AM CDT 0 comments Comments Jack Holder, a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. (GoFundMe) (Newser) – Stories about strangers helping out a scammed vet and a custodian who turned things around in a big way were among the favorites of the week: Strangers Help Pearl Harbor Vet After Scam: Publishers Clearing House couldn't help Jack Holder. Bank of America, either. But nearly 1,000 regular people could, and did, donating more than $65,000 to a GoFundMe account after the 94-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor was scammed out of nearly all of his life savings earlier this year. Holder has a thank-you in mind. Custodian Lands Dream Job After Earning Degree at 54: Michael Vaudreuil first made headlines in May when the custodian received a degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the very school the 54-year-old had spent the past decade cleaning. Now he's got another big announcement: a dream job as an engineer with aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney. His roller-coaster tale is incredible. Navy Vet Gets Apology for Misogynistic Note: A woman shamed with an anonymous note for parking in a veterans-only space—despite herself being a veteran—has received an apology from the unnamed note-leaver. He sounds genuinely contrite. Young Girl Finds Stolen Gold Medal: Six-year-old Chloe Smith was out for a walk with her dad in Atlanta on Saturday when she picked up a shiny disc from the ground and threw it like a Frisbee. Had she known it was an Olympic gold medal, she might have thought twice. The medal was won by Joe Jacobi in the two-man canoe/slalom whitewater event at the 1992 Summer Olympics, and there's a logical explanation for how it ended up where it did. Zoo Closes to Give Animals a Better Life: The Buenos Aires zoo, one of the city's major tourist attractions, will be shutting down after 140 years to give its animal residents a shot at a better life. The zoo had come under fire in recent years over the condition of its animals and infrastructure, but nearly all the animals are going to greener pastures, literally. Click for more uplifting news.