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Thursday, 23 August 2012 16:47

New York Wounded War Vet Receives Car


A wounded war veteran and his wife were hoping to find their stolen car but instead found support from strangers across Long Island.

Wounded war veteran Brian Martin of Coram, NY, woke up recently to find his new Jeep had been stolen from his driveway. The 25-year old, who injured his back in Afghanistan, bought the car two weeks prior with his $6,000 severance check.

Coming to their aid, the Recycled Rides program, with the help of State Farm and Long Island Auto Body Repairmen’s Association (LIABRA) member Crestwood Auto Body, donated a 2006 Chevy Impala to the Martin family.

LIABRA gives a special thanks to Chris, Sr. and staff for getting this vehicle prepared so fast for the Martin family.

The give-away was held August 8 at the VFW in Centereach. Many auto body shops and insurance companies on Long Island have been involved with this program, with more than 20 vehicles donated to veterans over the past four years.

The Recycled Rides program was started by the National Auto Body Council.

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