On Wednesday, August 29, a group of New Jersey military veterans experienced a life-changing event--- the presentation of a car to provide them independence and the ability to work and take care of their families---thanks to the National Auto Body Council, GEICO Insurance Company and four New Jersey collision repair facilities.
The car presentation, held at Mountain View Golf Course in Ewing Township, NJ, was part of the fourth annual NABC Northeast Golf Fundraiser, which this year saluted the “Veterans Drive Fore Courage” and provided a day of golf for local military veterans.
“Today was a major milestone for the NABC Recycled Rides™ program, not just in the positive impact we are creating for these five deserving military veterans, but in the 1,800 lives we’ve changed with gifted vehicles since the program began in 2007,” said Bill Garoutte, president and CEO of NABC. “This is a great moment for the collision repair industry and the many partners over the past decade who have supported the NABC and donated vehicles, materials and time to make these donations possible. Together, our industry can make a difference in the communities where we live and do business.”
The presentation of the NABC Recycled Rides™ to five deserving military veterans provides them much-needed reliable transportation to allow them to work and care for their families. The veterans were selected by Community Hope - Hope for Veterans and the New Jersey Veterans Network. Recipients included:
Tyler Caplan, of Lyons, NJ, received a 2016 Hyundai Sonata that was donated by GEICO and restored by ABRA Auto & Glass- Pennington. Caplan served in the U.S. Army. He was selected by Community Hope - Hope for Veterans because a vehicle would help him regain his independence and get a better job, which would allow him to re-establish his relationship with his family and young daughter after a period of financial and domestic challenges.
Christopher Fowler, of Toms River, NJ, was presented a 2014 Honda Accord that was donated by GEICO and restored by Benner's Auto Body in Cranford, NJ. The New Jersey Veterans’ Network selected the U.S. Army veteran to help him meet his family needs and work his way out of financial hardships. With a wife, a young son and a baby on the way, having a vehicle that he didn’t have to worry about paying for would allow Fowler to get his family to appointments and provide them some much-needed stability.