"Cal Veterans Group helps veterans work back into civilian life and re-adjust," Nolan said. "We are dedicated to providing programs and services in support of the academic and personal success of student veterans and increasing student veteran access to campus resources and enrichment opportunities. We also play a key role in campus outreach and recruitment of student veterans here at the Cal Veteran Services Center on campus."
The Nolans will never forget the day they received their Benevolence car for many reasons.
"We found out that Jillian was pregnant two days before, so we were obviously thrilled," Nolan said. "In addition, I received the 2016 Veteran of the Year for the 4th Assembly District during that same time, so it was a phenomenal moment for many reasons and a definite life-changing experience."
Nolan was sponsored by the Pathway Home in Napa, which provides veterans with educational, professional and clinical support designed to enhance their lives following military service. Eight technicians at Mike’s Auto Body also donated all of their time to refurbish the vehicle.
In addition to the refurbished vehicle, the Nolan family also received one year of insurance paid for by Mike’s Auto Body and provided by Napa State Farm Agent Melinda Adams. In addition, Mike’s Auto Body also donated a trunk load of gifts for the Nolan family.
Now looking back on the entire experience, Cassidy and Jillian are both humble and grateful.
"This car helped us so much, and one of the best things about it is that I got to see my husband more frequently," Jillian said. "The Benevolence vehicle gave us something you can't buy, and that's time."
Cassidy wants to thank everyone at Mike's Auto Body for this unusual act of kindness, he said.
"The folks at Mike's are all about helping people, and the Benevolence Program is a prime example of that,” he said. “A car represents a lot of things---freedom, independence and the ability to have a better and more productive life, and that's what our Benevolence vehicle did. It set us up for success and it is still giving through the use of our new car."