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Auto shops to give car to veteran

By Staff | Jul 27, 2017

It can be very difficult for an armed services veteran to find dependable transportation.

Nobody knows that more than the people who fix cars for a living, and a group of them throughout Southwest Florida are doing something about it.

A group of NAPA approved auto shops are holding a contest in which the winner will receive a completely refurbished used car, with the labor having been done by those same mechanics.

George Hack, who owns George’s Complete Auto Repair at 4804 Coronado Pkwy., a shop that is part of Gulf Coast Auto Care, which NAPA Auto Parts has put together, said NAPA donated a car to them from one of their salespeople.

“The repair shops participating are from Fort Myers to Port Charlotte and are sharing the expense of fixing the car and getting it in great shape,” Hack said of the car, a 2014 Ford Taurus.

Jennifer Gordon, of O.D. White & Associates, which is helping with the promotion, said her company was already involved with the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and wanted to do something else for the military.

“We thought this would be a great concept. Everyone can use a vehicle,” Gordon said.

The community is being asked to nominate a current military person or a spouse on the website motorsformilitary.com in an essay of 300 words or less of why this person deserves the vehicle.

The veteran does not have to be in need necessarily, the nominee just has to make a case for worthiness. Pictures are nice, but not required, Gordon said.

Submissions will be judged by a panel according to creativity, originality, inspiration and overall quality.

“We just want people to get out and nominate somebody. There is no cost or obligation. It’s cool we’re able to do this because I was never able to do something like this. Now, we have the backing of NAPA and several shops have combined together,” Hack said.

Gordon said the reason they chose a used car is so they could showcase the work done by the NAPA mechanics. They also want to try to pay an unpayable debt.

“We want to thank them for their service and all they’ve done and all the sacrifices they’ve made for our country. We appreciate them and this is the least we can do,” Gordon said. “Anything that can make a difference in their lives.”

Deadline for submissions is Aug. 13, with the winner being announced at the end of the month and the car given away in September. NAPA is giving away three such cars in the state, Hack said.

For more information, go to motorsformilitary.com.