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Ballston Spa Veteran Gets New Car from Local Business

Four local veterans and their families received refurbished automobiles at luncheon today, Veteran’s Day

ALBANY, N.Y. – H&V Collision Center, one of the largest independently owned collision repair facilities in the Capital Region, hosted a luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day, to give four deserving veterans and their families cars as part of the 2014 Keys To Progress. The event is the 7th in a series hosted by H&V, and is sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Progressive Insurance, Axalta Performance Coatings, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, LKQ Corp, and The Goldstein Auto Group. Today’s event took place  at Progressive Insurance, 1586 Central Ave., Albany, NY.

The veterans and families were hand-selected based on their involvement with the military, their exemplary efforts to improve their families’ lives and their need for a reliable automobile.

The recipients include US Army veteran Dan Cooper from Cherry Valley, who cares for his two children and his wife, who suffers from a rare blood disorder; Tom Kudlack, a US Army veteran, of Watervliet who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, injured during both deployments and shares custody of his four year old son and Patrick Boyle of Queensbury who served in the Marine Corps in Afghanistan as a Security Specialist. Due to this rigorous position, Patrick is now partially disabled but is working and caring for his 6-month-old daughter.

Marine Corp veteran, Marcus Jackson of Ballston Spa, was raised with 11 siblings by his grandmother and he joined the military in search of a better life. Now, Marcus cares for his 6-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son while searching for a full-time position that he can apply his experience from the Marines.

“It has been incredible to meet these four individuals and their families and we are beyond excited to give them a safe and reliable automobile, something that is so critical in navigating everyday life,” said Rich Tanchyk, assistant vice president at H&V Collision. “Our organization is committed to serving our service men and women as well as our community. We hope that these cars serve as a catalyst for positive change in the lives of the people that deserve them most.”

H&V Collision Center is a veteran owned company that proudly supports the military and their families. Their unique program connects insurers, collision repairers, paint suppliers, parts vendors and others who collaborate to repair and donate vehicles to deserving individuals and service organizations in local communities throughout the country.

H&V Collision Center was founded in 1973 by Vartan Jerian, Sr. and is one of the largest independently owned collision repair facilities in the Capital Region. It is headquartered at a 10,000 square-foot building in Troy, NY and has additional locations in Queensbury, Colonie, Saratoga and Kingston.

View some of the photos from today’s event! Submitted by Overit Media. Photographer Mark Yingling, Patriot Flight

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