As part of their ongoing support of the military, the 3M Hire Our Heroes Program took a road trip to Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, NC to perform free vehicle detailing for spouses of deployed and fallen soldiers – restoring some 25 vehicles with services valued at nearly $10,000.
The event was held at Tisdale Equipment Maintenance Facility of the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade (BfSB) Motorpool. The recipients included members from Survivor Outreach Services, 18th Airborne Corps and the Warrior Transition Battalion. Many attended with their children to enjoy the festivities while their vehicles were detailed.
Amanda Rada, wife of a fallen service member said of her restored vehicle, “It hasn’t looked this good since I drove it off the lot!”
The team performing the vehicle detailing consisted of employees from 3M, NAPA and local auto body repair shops and volunteers from Fayetteville Technical College. The services provided included interior and exterior cleaning; waxing; vinyl, trim and molding restoration; and headlight restoration, all of which used 3M Auto Care cleaning, waxing and restoration products.
“We all know that our military members make incredible sacrifices for us all, but we need to remember that the families for those military members are also making a tremendous sacrifice, so it felt really great to be able to see them drive off in a shiny clean car. They were all so appreciative,” said Dale Ross, U.S. Marketing Operations Manager for 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division. “I would also like to acknowledge our volunteer clean-up crew from NAPA, the local collision shops, and technical community college, who worked hard and did such a great job!”
The event was hosted by lead anchor and president of the Performance Racing Network, Doug Rice, who will broadcast the 2014 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The No. 16 3M Ford Fusion race car and team members from the No. 16 team of NASCAR star Greg Biffle were on hand to help with the vehicle projects and participate in a special “thank you” celebration rally for the troops on base. The No. 16 team performed pit stop demonstrations and let the troop members try their hand at changing tires. The team also got into the clean-up action, helping wash and wax vehicles.
The 3M Hire Our Heroes program, which provides scholarships and grants to deserving military members and their families interested in a career in the collision industry, had a special tent to showcase the program.
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