Fix Auto USA Joins USAA 100th Anniversary Celebration and Other Repair Partners to Present Ten Deserving Phoenix Veterans and Military Members with NABC® Recycled Rides
October 18th, 2022 by Fix Auto USA
Recently, ten deserving veterans and military members and their families were honored at the regional USAA headquarters in Phoenix, AZ, and presented with National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® vehicles, all donated by USAA. Two vehicles were refurbished by Fix Auto Gilbert, with other local collision repair partners restoring the additional vehicles.
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.
“USAA was proud to celebrate our 100th anniversary in Phoenix and present vehicles to ten deserving military families to provide them the gift of reliable transportation in commemoration of USAA’s 100th anniversary,” said Sean Serafin, Vice President Property & Casualty Claims, USAA. “Our commitment is to serve our military members, and we are proud to help these service men and women with the gift of reliable transportation to help them along their journey. Thank you to our many partners 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 the Military Assistance Mission. The recipients included:
- USMC, Veteran Brian Salazar, who was gifted a 2016 Jeep Patriot Sport that was restored by Fix Auto Gilbert
- USAF, AIC Ezekiel Rucker, received a 2016 Kia Forte LX that was repaired by Fix Auto Gilbert
- USAF, SRA Magdalena Marquez, who received a 2017 Jeep Cherokee Latitude refurbished by Service King/Crash Champions
- USAF, AIC Jonovan Frazier, who was presented a 2020 Toyota Rav 4 restored by Service King/Crash Champions
- USAF, SRA Malachi Garro was gifted a 2018 Subaru Impreza repaired by Service King/Crash Champions
- US ARMY, Veteran Francisco Vidaud III, who received a 2019 Honda Pilot Touring, restored by Sands Collision Center
- USAF, SRA Travis Tuttle, was presented a 2018 Hyundai Tucson SE that was repaired by Sunn West Collision Center
- US ARMY, Ssgt Crispin Orozco, received a 2018 Honda Pilot Touring refurbished by Caliber
- USAF, AIC Bridget McGehee was presented a 2018 Honda Civic LX restored by Caliber
- USMC, CPL Drew Bailey, who as presented a 2021 Toyota Corolla, that was restored by Gerber
The National Auto Body Council® shared its’ gratefulness for USAA’s tremendous commitment to giving back to military members.
“It is exciting to join our member USAA in their 100th anniversary celebration, and grateful to all of our members Service King, Fix Auto USA, Gerber Collision & Glass, Caliber Collision and Glass and Certified Collision Group which refurbished all of today’s beautiful vehicles,” said Bill Garoutte, president and CEO of the National Auto Body Council®. “We are proud 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, Longhouse Inventory Solutions, O’Reilly, AutoNation and Keystone, among others.
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 3,000 vehicles valued at some $42 million.