This November, CARSTAR Collision Centers will honor America's active duty and military veterans with a special celebration for National Military Month. It will include a national recognition program, local market festivities for Veterans Day on November 11, and special fund-raising initiatives to help families of those serving the country.
CARSTAR, the nation's largest family of auto body repair experts, is working with national and local military support groups at nearly 60 locations around the country. These CARSTAR stores will be participating in Veterans Day parades, hosting celebrations for local military members and saluting the many contributions made by America's military members.
"As a veteran and long-time supporter of our military, I'm proud that we are embarking on the second year of a program at our facilities to help the heroes who serve our country and their families," said Dick Cross, chairman and CEO, who served for four years as an officer in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. His military service culminated in a post as a top secret, special intelligence officer on the staff of Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, then the Chief of Naval Operations.
As part of the celebration, CARSTAR will partner with the VFW Foundation on its "Return the Favor" national campaign designed to boost morale and fill-in governmental assistance gaps for troops (all Service Branches) and military families anywhere in the U.S.
At participating CARSTAR stores, customers can simply make a donation of $5 and have their name featured on the "Return the Favor" donation cards featured in the store. All monetary donations raised will be split between the VFW Foundation and the local VFW post. Many CARSTAR locations are also holding "Adopt a Troop" donation programs in conjunction with their local VFW posts to collect supplies for the troops.