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Tuesday, 17 May 2022 08:55

NABC Recycled Rides® Program Joins USAA in Texas for Kickoff of 100-Car Gifting across the U.S.

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On May 12, 10 deserving Texas veterans and their families were honored at USAA headquarters in San Antonio, TX, and presented with National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® vehicles, all donated by USAA and refurbished by Caliber Collision.

The presentation kicks off USAA’s 100th anniversary celebration, through which it will gift 100 NABC Recycled Rides vehicles to military families across the country, including Nashville, TN; Seattle, WA; Chesapeake, VA; Savannah, GA; Charlotte, NC; Colorado Springs and Denver, CO; Phoenix, AZ; Tampa, FL; and finally San Diego, CA. The military recipients have been identified by various nonprofits.

“We were honored to join our member USAA in their 100th anniversary celebration, and grateful to our member Caliber Collision, which refurbished all of today’s beautiful vehicles,” said Bill Garoutte, president and CEO of the NABC. “It is incredible to meet these veterans and their families and hear their stories. We are honored to be able to pay tribute to their service to the country and help them continue their path to independence and success with the gift of reliable transportation.”

The military charities that identified the recipients were the Military Warriors Support Foundation, Soliders’ Angels, Wounded Warrior Project, Endeavors and the Freedom Mobility Foundation. The veterans who received vehicles included:

 

  • Sgt. Ben Barlett, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Petty Officer Leo Leonardo, U.S. Navy
  • Spc. Alfred Pardo, U.S. Army
  • Petty Officer 1st Class Wesley Goodman, U.S. Navy
  • Pfc. Hannah Shannon-Maldonado, U.S. Army
  • Petty Officer 2nd Class Frances Quintanilla, U.S. Navy
  • Sgt. Johnny Nguyen, U.S. Army
  • Pvt. Vanessa Gonzales, U.S. Army
  • Airman Eric Lautanen, U.S. Air Force
  • Sgt. James Madison, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army
     

“I appreciate this so much,” said Shannon-Maldonado, a U.S. Army veteran. “It will make such a difference in my life with my daughter. I have five more years of school to get my masters in social work and this will help make that dream possible.”
 
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