The National Auto Body Council (NABC), along with Allstate, Farmers, Connan’s Paint and Body Shop and Andy Mohr Collision Center, recently donated refurbished vehicles to two deserving Indianapolis veterans as part of the NABC’s Recycled Rides program.
The presentation was part of the Collision Industry Conference (CIC) and was held at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indianapolis. The deserving recipients were selected by Helping Veterans and Families (HVAF) of Indiana.
The recipients included:
- John Brewer, who received a 2020 Hyundai Kona and is an U.S. Army veteran who was stationed in Korea and served from 1983-1986, receiving an honorable discharge. He was a resilient single father raising his son the best he can without a car. relying on the Indianapolis bus system to get to work, the grocery store, medical appointments and to transport his 16-year-old son to activities. He has worked as a school bus driver, truck driver, forklift driver and auto detailer. He now works at the VA during the week and weekend, but on the weekends, he had to use Uber for he and his son because the buses were not running when he was off work. Receiving this vehicle will be a blessing that will open doors for him and help his family thrive.
- U.S. Navy Veteran Anthony Johnson, who received a 2017 Honda Pilot EX and served on the USS America as an E3 from 1980-1983. Following a hip replacement six years ago, an infection developed in his left leg that left him confined to a wheelchair. While he had obtained numerous jobs over the past four years, he lost them due to lack of his own reliable transportation and inadequate public transportation. Having reliable transportation will help him stay employed and seek higher paying jobs.
“This is truly a blessing, an incredible blessing,” said Johnson. “I can now get to work without relying on rideshares or friends, go to doctor appointments and take care of my family. I’m grateful to the American Legion and everyone who made this possible.”
Additional partners in the presentation include Advanced Remarketing Services, Cars for Charity, Great Water Auto Care and INA Towing Network.
For more information on Recycled Rides, click here.