We are dedicated to giving back to the military service members who have served our country. One way is through Changing Lanes, which helps train recent veterans for a career in the auto body industry. We also sponsor the Dallas Cowboys Military Combine, bringing military men and women together to test their athletic abilities. Throughout the year, we also team up with Carry the Load, 3M’s Hire Our Heroes, and many other local military non-profits.
Another program we’re passionate about is Recycled RidesTM – our yearlong initiative where we partner with the National Auto Body Council and other partners to provide vehicles to deserving veterans and their families. Since 2012, we’ve donated over 300 rides and in 2019 we plan to gift the most cars yet.
It’s fitting that May is Military Appreciation Month because we’ve recently held some heartwarming Recycled Rides™ giftings. These three particular recipients have touching stories and we’re honored to give them the rides they deserve.
Gold Star Mothers:
The American Gold Star Mothers of fallen soldiers donate their time to support military families, honoring their military service member children. Caliber held a ceremony to gift rides to two of those special moms.
During the ceremony, Army veteran mother Janice Chance showed up to introduce one of the recipients. Caliber turned the tables and surprised Janice with a ride of her own.
“This is truly a shock. An unexpected surprise – I cannot believe this.” – Janice Chance
These moms will use their new cars to get to volunteer gigs, transport donations and continue serving veterans and active duty military. Thank you GEICO for donating the vehicles, and Enterprise for being a great partner in this event.
A Marine on the Brink:
The transition back to civilian life can be tough. Ex-Marine Kevin Condon had a particularly hard time. There were days where he didn’t want to wake up the next morning. But after getting in touch with the Band of Brothers program, his life turned around.
Kevin moved to California and with the support of his new group of friends, things started looking up. They nominated him to receive a Recycled Ride so he could have reliable transportation to his new job.
“I feel like I have a purpose again. I feel like I matter.” – Kevin Condon
The Caliber technicians who worked on his vehicle in their free time felt honored. We'd like to give a special shoutout to Allstate as well for donating the vehicle.
“To be able to give back and to feel the feelings that something like this will give you is huge.”– Caliber teammate
Four Wheels for Bill:
Vietnam veteran Bill Mudd had his car stolen five years ago. He’s been riding a bike around ever since to get from place to place. Caliber and partners gifted him a restored 2016 Nissan Altima, donated by Allstate, so he can get to his appointments.
“I’m so surprised at how many people in the local community are supporting veterans. It sends a message to vets that they’re one step closer to coming back home when they see this kind of support.” – Bill Mudd
Bill said he is going to use his new ride to help get his buddies to their appointments and therapy too.
Congratulations to these deserving veterans and the other heroes we gifted rides to. We look forward to all the Recycled Rides we’ll give away this year.