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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 20:25

Caliber Collision Repairs Wheelchair-Accessible Car for Vet in NC

Written by Jason O. Boyd, WCTI12

A Vietnam-era veteran who has dedicated his life to his country received a newly refurbished wheelchair-accessible vehicle on May 24.

Bruce Lockwood first served in the U.S. Air Force. He's now a civilian career counselor with the Marines Transition Team at Camp Lejeune. He has muscular dystrophy and is wheelchair-bound. But because his disability is not service-related, he is not considered a disabled veteran and does not qualify for many support services.

The car was donated to thank Lockwood for his service as part of the National Auto Body Council's Recycled Rides Program. Collision industry companies team up to repair and donate vehicles to help individuals in need of reliable transportation. Lockwood's vehicle was provided by GEICO and refurbished at Caliber Collision in Jacksonville, NC.

"I've been [the] kind of person to where things kind of fall in between the cracks over my lifetime," Lockwood said. "This is one of the first times that something has come to an ... answered prayer, I guess you could say."

Over the past five years, Caliber Collision and its industry partners have teamed up to donate more than 200 vehicles to individuals in need of reliable transportation.

We thank WCTI12 for reprint permission. 

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