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Thursday, 21 June 2018 18:43

U.S. Marine’s Family Receives Recycled Ride in Burnsville, MN

Written by Unsie Zuege, Chanhassen Villager
Pictured back row from left are: Darrell Amberson of LaMettry’s Collision; Staff Sgt. Andrew Vanderplaats; Andrew’s mother, Cynthia Vanderplaats; and (unidentified). Front row from left are Andrew’s daughters: Tatiana, 7; Aubrey, 10; and Libby, 12. Credit: Submitted photo Pictured back row from left are: Darrell Amberson of LaMettry’s Collision; Staff Sgt. Andrew Vanderplaats; Andrew’s mother, Cynthia Vanderplaats; and (unidentified). Front row from left are Andrew’s daughters: Tatiana, 7; Aubrey, 10; and Libby, 12. Credit: Submitted photo Submitted photo

A U.S. Marine and his family now have a reliable vehicle thanks to LaMettry’s Collision, American Family Insurance, NABC’s Recycled Rides program and local vendor partners.

In appreciation of Staff Sgt. Andrew Vanderplaats of Burnsville, MN, and the military, LaMettry’s handed over the keys to a fully restored 2016 Volkswagen Passat for his family at a May 22 ceremony at the Chanhassen AutoPlex Clubhouse (next to LaMettry’s Collision Chanhassen), according to a press release. The vehicle was donated by American Family Insurance and repaired by LaMettry’s Collision.

 

Vanderplaats, a Minnesota native, enlisted in 2007. 


“I wanted to find a way not only to better myself, but also feel like I was contributing to a better nation and a better tomorrow,” he said of enlisting.


While serving, he met and married his wife, Cassandra. The family spent several years raising three daughters in California before Vanderplaats was selected for recruiting duty in Minnesota in 2015. He is currently serving as a recruiter in Burnsville.


Cassandra recently passed away unexpectedly at the age of 31 from unknown health issues. The nomination committee noted, “Despite carrying the burden of his recent loss, this Marine continues to perform his duties, along with taking care of his daughters and mentoring those young men and women he is preparing to enter the Marine Corps.”


Vanderplaats is being reassigned in June and his family is moving to Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC.


For his service, Vanderplaats has received the Navy Marine Corps Commendation, three Navy Marine Corps Achievement medals, five Certificates of Commendation and five Letters of Appreciation. He was also selected 2017 Recruiter of the Year.


This is the eighth vehicle LaMettry’s Collision has repaired and donated through the National Auto Body Council’s (NABC) Recycled Rides Program. Recycled Rides is a nationwide program of the National Auto Body Council in which collision repair companies, insurers, suppliers and vendors collaborate to refurbish and donate vehicles to individuals, families and service organizations in need. Hundreds of vehicles are gifted each year across the country through the Recycled Rides program. More information can be found at www.nationalautobodycouncil.org.


We thank Chanhassen Villager for reprint permission.

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