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今日双色球开奖结果 www.xnzvqg.com.cn MONSEY - A pair of?newly refurbished cars will serve as a bridge to?recovery for a pair of disabled Army veterans.
William J. Smith?and Sarah Nancy Mess, both former Rockland County residents who?now live in?New Jersey,?received the keys to the vehicles Thursday afternoon at the Nanuet Collision Centers, through a program known as?Recycled Riders.
About 70 people where on hand?to see Smith receive a 2017 Nissan Ultima?and Mess?get a 2013 Hyundai Sonata Limited.
Both veterans said it was a life-changing event and it was a relief having a reliable vehicle so they can take care of their family obligations,?Nanuet Collision Centers President?Kevin Muir said.
Smith served during Operation Desert Storm and Mess was deployed to Somalia in a combat role. They both suffer?from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
"It's a great day to be able to give something back," Muir said after the ceremony. "We like to honor our veterans ... we appreciate their service and their sacrifice."
Smith has not had a vehicle for over a year and this car gives him a chance to access vital community resources necessary for his recovery, said Guy Gebbia, former commander of the Veterans for Foreign Wars Post 9215.
For Mess, it will help she and her husband take their two children to school and allow her to find work and pay for home repairs without the additional burden of a car payment, he said.?
"The cars make?a significant improvement in their lives," he said.
Recycled Riders?is a program by the?National Auto Body Council. GEICO Insurance donated the?two vehicles to the VFW?Post 9215, which chose the recipients.
Then Muir's team refurbished the vehicles, with donations from the Nanuet West-Nyack Rotary Club and other local organizations and businesses. The new owners then are responsible for registration and insurance.
'Paid the price'
Ramapo Deputy Supervisor Brendel Logan-Charles said Thursday that the?vehicles give the veterans an opportunity to improve their lives, and it's apropos that these gifts came before Memorial Day.
"These two individuals have paid the price and we just want to pay that forward and honor the living," she said. "Sometimes we don't thank our veterans who are on the job."
Logan-Charles?said the ceremony gave her the chance to thank the veterans on behalf of the whole town.
"This is impacting their lives greatly," she said. "A vehicle is essential. It was wonderful to see such a gift given to these people who fought for their country on our behalf."
The Recycled Rides program has collision repair businesses teaming up to repair and donate vehicles to people in need of reliable transportation. Since its inception in 2007, the program has donated more than 2,000 vehicles valued at more than $36 million.
“This is a key initiative for auto body shops that we feel is important to our community and veterans,” Muir said in a?statement. “Our staff is very involved. Our team has been great and is excited to be part of another gifting ceremony.”
This article originally appeared on Rockland/Westchester Journal News: Recycled Rides: Businesses give refurbished vehicles to veterans