CARSTAR HONORS AMERICA’S VETERANS AND ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY WITH NATIONAL MILITARY MONTH CELEBRATION
OVERLAND PARK, KS – This November, CARSTAR Collision Centers will honor America’s active duty and military veterans with a special celebration for National Military Month. It will include a national recognition program, local market festivities for Veterans Day on November 11, and special fund-raising initiatives to help families of those serving the country.
CARSTAR, the nation’s largest family of auto body repair experts, is working with national and local military support groups at nearly 60 locations around the country. These CARSTAR stores will be participating in Veterans Day parades, hosting celebrations for local military members and saluting the many contributions made by America’s military members.
“As a veteran and long-time supporter of our military, I’m proud that we are embarking on the second year of a program at our facilities to help the heroes who serve our country and their families,” said Dick Cross, chairman and CEO, who served for four years as an officer in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. His military service culminated in a post as a top secret, special intelligence officer on the staff of Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, then the Chief of Naval Operations.
As part of the celebration, CARSTAR will partner with the VFW Foundation on its "Return the Favor” national campaign designed to boost morale and fill-in governmental assistance gaps for troops (all Service Branches) and military families anywhere in the U.S. At participating CARSTAR stores, customers can simply make a donation of $5 and have their name featured on the “Return the Favor” donation cards featured in the store. All monetary donations raised will be split between the VFW Foundation and the local VFW post. Many CARSTAR locations are also holding “Adopt a Troop” donation programs in conjunction with their local VFW posts to collect supplies for the troops.
CARSTAR Stores around the Country Honor the Troops
· All of the St. Louis area CARSTAR Collision Centers will be collecting cell phones in conjunction with the USO and other sponsors (Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Traveler's Insurance) and converting funds raised into International Calling Cards. These will be distributed before and after Christmas when over 6,500 troops come through Lambert International Airport on a single day, which is called "Green Day" because the entire airport is overrun with military members. The stores also will be working with the VFW to distribute free "Return the Favor" packets to active or veteran military members and their families, which include extremely generous offers from local businesses that want to show their support for the military in the St. Louis area.
· Procraft CARSTAR in Great Falls, MT is honoring active duty military, veterans and their families all through November. They can stop into the shop to pick up a bag of coupons donated by local businesses and register for a $100 Hertz rental certificate drawing. Two food events - coffee and donuts in the morning and a chicken lunch at noon - will be held on Veterans' Day in partnership with a local grocery store. The Red Cross will be present at the lunch to share information on the services they provide to the military and will also have a Happy Holidays table to sign greeting cards for deployed military. Area residents can participate any time during the month by making a $5 donation to the VFW's Return the Favor program.
· Wicklund’s CARSTAR in Liberty, MO, will be hosting a grand military appreciation celebration on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, beginning at 5 p.m. The event will be free for veterans and active military personnel and their families. Wicklund’s CARSTAR will offer prizes, food, soft drinks and beer, and the Kansas City Royals will distribute t-shirts to the first 600 attendees. The event also will serve as a fund raiser for the VFW Foundation with funds raised matched by CARSTAR and Hertz.
“It’s an honor to be able to give back to our military members and their families who make so many contributions to protect our freedom and way of life,” said Cross. “We encourage CARSTAR customers across the country to help support this important effort.”
In the past 20 years, CARSTAR has worked closely with military support groups and other philanthropic groups to help repair vehicles for families in need.
CARSTAR Collision Service offers high-quality, reliable auto body repair experts in 30 states and 10 Canadian provinces. Just call 1-800-CARSTAR when you need a vehicle repair and they will send the tow truck, contact your insurance company, arrange for a rental car and repair your vehicle.
CARSTAR is the largest group of branded collision repair centers in North America with over 400 locally owned and operated locations in 30 states and 10 Canadian provinces. CARSTAR is committed to providing consistent quality services to our customers and insurance partners and has repaired more than 2.5 million cars since it was founded in 1989. Our technicians and front office staff receive ongoing training to ensure they are qualified to work on any vehicle. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority as we consistently lead the industry in customer satisfaction ratings.
About the VFW Foundation
The VFW Foundation is the official charity of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), America’s oldest and largest service group for combat veterans. Established in 1996, it is one of America’s most highly rated 501(c3) nonprofit organizations. The VFW Foundation’s mission is to support non-political programs and services that improve the lives of veterans, active duty military and their families. All VFW Foundation programs are non-political, free and require no VFW affiliation for assistance. From financial aid for families of deployed troops to assisting veterans with benefits claims to providing free phone calls home for soldiers overseas, the VFW Foundation is there to “return the favor” by providing assistance to those who deserve it most. Learn more about VFW Foundation at www.vfwfoundation.org and www.returnthefavor.org.