Car Presentation to Recipient Took Place December 12th in Bradenton, FL
MEDIA NOTE: Videos and photos from the NABC Recycled Rides® Presentation are available (here)
TAMPA, FL (December 13, 2023) – On December 12, a deserving Tampa area veteran experienced a life-changing event – the presentation of a vehicle to provide him transportation and independence – thanks to the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program along with car donor GEICO and repair partner Crash Champions.
The presentation was held at the Crash Champions in Bradenton, FL. The deserving veteran, Dallas Bragg, received a 2018 Toyota Corolla, donated by GEICO and refurbished by Crash Champions. Bragg was nominated by the Wounded Warrior Project.
Dallas Bragg served in both Marine Corp and U.S. Army with 13 years of service. He did three tours to Iraq from 2003 to 2008 and was injured. After serving, Dallas spent most of his time helping other Veterans and their families. He volunteered to be a peer leader for the Wounded Warrior Project. He continues to do volunteer work in the community and get resources to Veterans struggling mentally and financially. A reliable car will help him continue to be a mentor for other Veterans and the community in which he lives.
When asked what he thought of his new vehicle, Bragg replied “I love it! I don’t think that I have ever owned anything this new.”
“Every veteran deserves our gratitude and Dallas is exactly the type of veteran that we love to be able to help and provide a NABC Recycled Ride. He has dedicated himself to helping other veterans in need and the community. He exemplifies the spirit of giving back, helping other veteran in need, serving as a foster parent for kids in need and providing peer counseling for other military couples,” said Dale Ross, National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program manager.
NABC Recycled Rides® is a unique program in which businesses representing all facets of the collision repair industry team up to repair and donate vehicles to individuals and families in need of reliable transportation. Since the inception of the NABC Recycled Rides® program in 2007, members of the National Auto Body Council have donated more than 3,200 vehicles valued at some $46 million.
Additional partners in the NABC Recycled Rides® presentation include 1-800 Charity Cars, AutoNation, Bay Area Glass, AutoZone, KSI Auto Parts, and Enterprise.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL AUTO BODY COUNCIL®
The National Auto Body Council® is the premier organization of collision industry partners dedicated to strategic networking opportunities that positively change lives in the communities we serve. The collaborative membership of the National Auto Body Council® has gifted more than 3,200 vehicles, provided extrication opportunities for more than 5,500 First Responders and is helping educate students and adult drivers in communities around the country through NABC Recycled Rides®, NABC First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) and the NABC® Drive Out Distraction program. That effort equates to a 4:1 ROI in dollar value delivered from NABC® membership dollars. The National Auto Body Council® is changing the paradigm of how the collision industry works and is viewed. For more information, visit www.NationalautoBodyCouncil.org.