Navy Veteran Mathew Moore received a 2016 Toyota Camry from Ben Clymer's The Body Shop at a presentation held at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, CA, on Oct. 4.
Ben Clymer's Benevolence program has now given 34 cars to military veterans, single mothers, single fathers and families of all sizes over the past decade.
With locations in Riverside, Moreno Valley, Yucaipa, Pomona and Palm Desert, Ben Clymer’s was founded in 1972. The owners of the business are Ben Sr., CEO Bryan Clymer, Ben Jr. and COO Brett Clymer. Every year, the company gives away five cars---one for each of its locations. This presentation took place in Riverside, but the vehicle was refurbished by the crew at their Moreno Valley location.
Bryan is delighted that once again this year's vehicle is going to someone who truly deserves it. After Ben Clymer's received 4--5 applications through U.S. VETS, an organization that provides housing, counseling, career development and support for transitioning military veterans and their families, the crew at their Moreno Valley location chose Moore.
"We always look for the most deserving applicants and also consider how the vehicle will help them help others," he said. "We call it a hand-up, not a handout, and that's why we won't ever give a vehicle to someone who hasn't demonstrated a desire to improve their situation. When we heard about Moore, it was a fairly easy decision because we could clearly see that the car will enable him to get to that next level and make his life easier in several ways. With his Benevolence car, Moore will now be able to attend school and spend more time with his family instead of spending countless hours on a public bus."
Part of the reason for the decision was based on Moore's application letter, with excerpts here:
"My name is Mathew Moore and I am a Navy veteran. I enlisted in 2012 and wanted to stay in the military until I reached 20 years of service, but due to budget cuts, that changed. In 2012 the government realized the need to cut spending, and in order to do this, each branch was asked to reduce its force. The Navy decided to discharge 3,000 service men and women and unfortunately, I was one of them.