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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.”
 
Caliber Collision teammates volunteered their time and expertise to...


...refurbish the 10 vehicles at nine of its San Antonio locations. During the gifting, Caliber Vice President of Operations Steve Horton honored the recipients and thanked Caliber teammates.
 
“Caliber’s purpose is Restoring the Rhythm of Your Life---for our customers, clients, teammates and those in the communities we serve," Horton said. “We are humbled to know that together, with our industry partners, these gifts of transportation will give our veterans the freedom and independence to do many of the daily routines many of us take for granted---going to work, school, grocery stores or simply enjoying a family trip to the park.”
 
Additional partners in the presentation included 1.800.Charity.Cars and Enterprise.
 
NABC Recycled Rides is a unique program in which businesses representing all facets of the collision repair industry team up to repair and donate vehicles to individuals and families in need of reliable transportation. Since the inception of the NABC Recycled Rides program in 2007, members of the NABC have donated nearly 3,000 vehicles valued at some $42 million.

 

Source: NABC

 

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