Local companies give back to veteran with free car

“She worked hard and got a job, she earned her degree, she went back and earned her master’s degree.” Richard Mcdonald, Heath Care for Homeless Veterans counselor, was speaking of Elaine, a former Marine Corps servicewoman who received a very special thank you at the Rockford American Legion post on Wednesday, June 12.

Mcdonald said Elaine came to him asking him if he could help her find a reliable car. She didn’t have much of a budget to work with, however. The mother of three’s plight came to the attention of Hansen Collision, Progressive Insurance and the Rockford American Legion Post.

“She had just talked to me and then we had an offer that someone wanted to help a veteran and we knew just who we could help,” Mcdonald stated. The Hanson Collision staff is confident in their ability to put people and families back on the road with confidence. They recognize the importance of reliable transportation and how it affects the way we live. When the opportunity arose to partner with Progressive Insurance, supplying a vehicle to a deserving veteran, the company was on board.

Progressive Insurance identified and supplied a damaged vehicle that could be repaired and returned to the road safely. The 2007 white Chevy Impala was repaired with parts secured through Hanson’s collection of vendors and suppliers and then supplied the hours to repair the vehicle to excellent condition for the new owner. Hanson’s collision technicians gave their time free of charge.

Elaine is a courageous veteran who has shown great personal strength in overcoming personal struggles and lovingly provide for her three children. Those who have reliable transportation may not realize how transportation worries can cause additional financial and personal stress to any parent. “With her children by her side, she is one step closer to getting back on track,” said John Morris, chief operations officer at Hansen. By recycling cars and partnering with local charities to place vehicles with needy families, these organizations are helping to improve the lives of others.

vetcar“This is now our fourth event, giving back to some fantastic families in West Michigan,” said Morris. “Elaine, our recipient, is a strong and deserving individual who has the determination to build a brighter future for herself and everyone in her family.”

Hansen Collision always looks forward to serving their customers and they know this is one way they can give back and thank the surrounding community. Together, the partner businesses of Hansen Collision, Progressive Insurance, the Veterans Comprehensive Assistance program and several vehicle supply vendors collectively honor the strength of people in West Michigan.

A brief donation ceremony was held at the Rockford American Legion Post, 330 Rockford Park Drive. One of the primary missions of the American Legion, according to Steve Gerencer, Post Commander, is to make sure that our veterans and their families receive the support and recognition they deserve. Every member of the American Legion is a wartime veteran. We know how important it is to receive the support of our fellow citizens during and after our military service. With 2.4 million members, the American Legion is working every day to ensure valuable and free service is available within their communities for this purpose.

When asked how she felt about the recognition of her hard work and service, Elaine said she was excited and very grateful.

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