on Thursday, August 25, 2022, in Savannah
Media Note: Photos and Video from the Event Are Available Here
CHARLOTTE (August 29, 2022) – On Thursday, August 25, 2022, five deserving Georgia veterans and their families were honored at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Savannah, GA, and presented with National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® vehicles, all donated by USAA. The vehicles were refurbished by our collision repair partners Hendrick Luxury Collision of Charlotte, NC, Hendrick Chevrolet Collision of Buford, GA, and Gerber Collision & Glass of Hinesville, GA, Savannah, GA, and Zephyrhills, FL.
The presentation was part of USAA’s 100th anniversary celebration, through which it will gift 100 NABC Recycled Rides® vehicles to military families across the country, including Nashville, Seattle, Chesapeake, Savannah, Charlotte, Colorado Springs, Denver, Phoenix, Tampa, San Diego and finally San Antonio later this year.
“Today USAA is presenting vehicles to five deserving military families to give them the gift of reliable transportation in commemoration of USAA’s 100th anniversary,” said Matthew Stewart, Vice President of P&C Claims, USAA. “Our commitment is to serve our military members, and we are proud to help these veterans today with the gift of reliable transportation to help them along their journey. Thank you to our many partners, including the NABC Recycled Rides® program, for making this possible.”
For 100 years, USAA’s mission has served active-duty service members, veterans and their families. Recipients have been nominated by nonprofit organizations to receive a NABC Recycled Ride®. With the partnership of the National Auto Body Council® (NABC), a non-profit committed to serving their communities, and many in the collision repair industry, vehicles are repaired and donated to those identified as in need of reliable transportation.
The recipients were selected by Southern Crescent Veterans Services, American Veteran Post #911, YMCA of Coastal GA and My Veterans Place Savannah.
The recipients included:
- Tyreonna Singletary, US Army Veteran, who was nominated by My Veterans Place, received a 2018 Hyundai Elantra repaired by Gerber Collison & Glass of Savannah, GA
- Cary Tanrath, US Army Veteran, nominated by the YMCA of Coastal GA, was gifted a 2018 Mazda CX-5 repaired by Gerber Collision & Glass of Hinesville, GA
- Obioma Eze, US Army Veteran, who was nominated by Southern Crescent Veterans Services and American Veteran Post #911, received a 2016 Toyota Highlander that was refurbished by Gerber Collision & Glass of Zephyrhills, FL
- Patricia Baisden, US Army Veteran, who was nominated by Southern Crescent Veterans Services, was presented a 2018 Mazda 3 Touring that was repaired by Hendrick Luxury Collision of Charlotte, NC
- Alysha Landers, US Army Veteran, nominated by Southern Crescent Veterans Services and American Veteran Post #911, received a 2015 Toyota Camry that was repaired by Hendrick Chevrolet Collision of Buford, GA
“Gerber Collision & Glass remains committed to making a difference in the communities we serve,” said Gerber COO Kevin Burnett. “We are proud to contribute to helping those in need through the NABC Recycled Rides program.”
“We ask our veterans and their families to sacrifice for the benefit of us all,” said Dallas Clark, director of collision center operations, Hendrick Collision. “Our teammates are humbled by the opportunity to serve in any way they can. We are grateful that NABC asked us to help; they are tremendous partners and are impressive in their longstanding and deep commitment to our veterans. These projects were the least we could do for everything they have afforded us.”
The National Auto Body Council® shared it gratefulness for USAA’s tremendous commitment to giving back to military members.
“We are so proud to join our member USAA in their 100th anniversary celebration, and grateful to our members Gerber Collision & Glass and Hendrick Collision which refurbished all of today’s beautiful vehicles,” said Dale Ross, NABC Recycled Rides® program manager. “It is such an honor to meet these military members and their families and hear their stories. We are indebted to their service to the country and are committed help them continue their path to independence and success with the gift of reliable transportation.”
Additional partners in the presentation included 1.800.Charity.Cars, Enterprise, Axalta, LKQ and Keystone.
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 nearly 3,000 vehicles valued at some $42 million.
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 nearly 3,000 vehicles, provided extrication opportunities for nearly 5,000 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. For more information, visit www.NationalautoBodyCouncil.org.