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Sterling Autobody Joins Forces with Operation Comfort’s Automotivation Program

Operation Comfort provides support to service members who have been wounded in Afghanistan or Iraq and are receiving treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.

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Sterling Autobody Centers announced its support for Operation Comfort’s Automotivation program. Operation Comfort was founded in 2004 with a commitment to providing support to service members who have been wounded in Afghanistan or Iraq and are receiving treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.

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Recognizing that some wounded troops were interested in working on cars, Operation Comfort founder Janis Roznowski started laying out plans in 2006 for what is now known as "Automotivation." The program offers an opportunity for wounded service members to get out of the barracks and work on cars at the Lonesome Dove Land and Cattle Company, a ranch outside San Antonio.  

"Automotivation not only provides soldiers with an outlet during their recovery process, but it helps provide the skills and training needed to pursue a career in auto body repair. This is an excellent opportunity for us to partner with Operation Comfort to share their story and help gain awareness and support for their program," said Nick Notte, president of Sterling Autobody. "It is my hope that the collision industry will come together to provide the resources, both funding and equipment, to further this program and support those who have given so much for our country."

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Late last year, Sterling Autobody Austin worked with wounded service members to help paint the 1966 Cobra kit car they were building. With financial support from Sterling, several Automotivation participants flew to the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas to showcase the Cobra and one other car they built.

"Our work with Operation Comfort last year was just the beginning of a long term commitment to support this great group of men who have served our country," said Chris Brandl, Sterling director of sales and marketing. "We recently presented the organization with a check for $1500 to help purchase equipment and we plan to work closely with them to ensure they have what they need for their continued success."

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Sterling says that employees around the country have been deeply moved by the organization and its mission. In response to the company’s corporate support, a number of employees in Sterling stores are rallying to personally donate hand tools, tool boxes and other equipment to the program, the company says.


More information:

Watch Sterling’s video about the Automotivation program

Those interested in providing financial support, equipment, or materials to Operation Comfort’s Automotivation program can contact Janis Roznowski at 210-826-0500.

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