A few days ago it was Memorial Day, a day when we honor the brave men and women who have fought and given their lives so we can live in peace.
With several staff members who are war veterans, we have a special place in our hearts for the holiday.
In an effort to give back to those serving our country, we are sponsoring the 3M Hire Our Heroes campaign. For the campaign, 3M has partnered with the Collision Repair Education Foundation to fund scholarships for veterans and their families. The goal is to open up opportunities in the collision repair industry to returning veterans.
Here is a snippet from the 3M Hire Our Heroes press release:
This program will provide funding for education of the nation’s returning veterans and their families through the Collision Repair Education Foundation. The grants and scholarships will help cover tuition, books and classroom materials, and tools and equipment for returning veterans and their families. Veterans and their immediate families will be able to apply for 3M Hire Our Heroes grants and scholarships beginning January 1, 2013, through www.CollisionEducationFoundation.org.
“The Collision Repair Education Foundation does an excellent job of identifying great candidates for scholarship assistance and promoting high-quality education for collision repair professionals at schools throughout the country,” said [Dale] Ross [U.S. Marketing Operations Manager for 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division]. “We’re proud to work with them to support training for these deserving veterans and their family members.
The 3M Hire Our Heroes program also will help fund rehabilitation for the wounded veterans through Operation Comfort and the National Auto Body Council as part of a unique automotive skill-based rehabilitation program. Called Automotivation, it provides opportunities for wounded soldiers to channel their automotive skills – or learn new ones – to restore vehicles through the NABC Recycled Rides program for other military veterans. The campaign will be raising funds for their new facility in San Antonio, Texas.
“These men and women will receive instruction in collision repair, estimating, vehicle refinishing and other related topics toward the goal of preparing them for reentry into the civilian workforce, namely our industry,” said NABC Executive Director Chuck Sulkala.
“Our wounded heroes have tremendous needs for rehabilitation, not just in our military hospitals but in skills-based rehabilitation that provides intellectual, hands-on opportunities and rewarding projects as they recover from their injuries,” noted Ross.
The ultimate goal of the 3M Hire Our Heroes campaign is to support the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in raising awareness for hiring America’s heroes and help drive employment in the collision repair industry for these deserving veterans and their families. In addition, 3M is a national board member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Heroes program.
Body Best has helped 3M’s honorable mission by purchasing 3M products in bulk for the shop.
If you are a veteran or the immediate family member of a veteran, you can apply for 3M Hire Our Heroes scholarships and grants on www.CollisionEducationFoundation.org.
More info on the 3M Hire Our Heroes campaign is on 3M’s website.
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