Recycled Rides for Veterans

Patterson Auto Body Invites You to Make a Difference


Most of us take transportation for granted.

But for many people, routine activities such as going to the work, taking kids to school, grocery shopping and medical visits are a challenge. A catastrophic illness or unforeseen circumstance can suddenly change lives and without transportation, make it difficult to get back on the road to stability.

Patterson Auto Body Presents Recycled Rides® Vehicle to Local Veteran

The National Auto Body Council (NABC) has been providing refurbished vehicles to people in need for 14 years through their Recycled Rides program.

By partnering with insurance agencies and the collision industry experts across the country, they are able to help improve people’s lives by providing a much-needed source of transportation. On Veteran’s Day (November 11th, 2021), a local Putnam County veteran will be the latest recipient of a Recycled Ride vehicle.

 “It’s great to help out,” said James Byron Sr., co-owner of Patterson Auto Body, Inc. “Our employees donated their time for the repairs. Customers also donated gift cards for the recipient as well.” “The veterans have served our country, so it’s great to be able to give back to them. Patterson Auto Body strives to give back to the community we serve.” Patterson Auto Body refurbished a vehicle for USMC Private Anthony Bochicchio, a Marine who served in Okinawa, Philippines, and Japan.

Vehicles are refurbished which have been damaged to the point of being considered “a financial total.” Cars in this condition are not beyond repair, but the cost is prohibitive to the owners and the vehicle is considered ‘totaled’ for insurance purposes. After paying all relevant costs to the owner, the vehicle is then brough to a collision repair center to be restored to pre-accident condition. A candidate is then chosen to be the recipient of the repaired vehicle by local veteran and civic groups. Patterson Auto Body worked with The Patterson Rotary Club and the Putnam County Veterans Service Agency.

Patterson Auto Body employees, Patterson Rotary members and Putnam County Veterans Service Agency, Deputy Director Arthur Hanley will be on hand to turn the keys of a refurbished 2016 Volkswagen Passat over to Mr. Bochicchio at 11 AM this Thursday. The time and date were chosen to remember when the Armistice Day ceasefire agreement was signed ending World War I on November 11, 1918, at 11 am. Often referred to as “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month,” now referred to as Veterans Day.

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