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Monday, 22 April 2019 20:39

VA Veterans Receive Refurbished Cars From NABC Recycled Rides

Written by Staff, WTKR News 3

Two veterans who are struggling to make ends meet got new rides in Virginia Beach, VA, Wednesday, April 3, reported News 3 in Norfolk, VA.

 

The donations were made through the National Auto Body Council's Recycled Rides program.

 

Susie O'Kelley and Cheryl Wiggins were unable to afford the repairs on their cars, so GEICO donated the vehicles while employees at Hall's Body Shop and Elite Auto Body Enterprise volunteered the time to refurbish them to like-new condition.

 

O'Kelley and her husband, George, are working hard to maintain a stable family life. Their hardship included a brief separation from their children when they ended up homeless and had to sleep in their car.

 

Through the help of STOP Inc., the Supportive Services for Veteran Families and Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program, O'Kelley gained needed housing and employment.

 

Wiggins was honorably discharged from the military after more than a decade of service. In 2015, due to the mounting repair cost that exceeded the value of her 2007 Sentra, she chose to give up her car and use the money to keep her son, Christopher, in Tidewater Community College.

 

The two women said their newly renovated cars will allow them to make necessary medical appointments as well as help their families get to school, work and the grocery store.

 

Click here to learn more about the Recycled Rides program.

 

We thank WTKR News 3 for reprint permission.

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