Veteran gets ‘like-new’ car as a Memorial Day gift

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie representatives at the GEICO car giveaway before Military Appreciation Day at the Dbacks game include Veronnica Dolan, Lindsey Herzog, Dan Goldfine and Jamie Halavais along with Jasper and right is Kai Halavais, and GEICO’s Troy Penry. (Submitted photo)

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie representatives at the GEICO car giveaway before Military Appreciation Day at the Dbacks game include Veronnica Dolan, Lindsey Herzog, Dan Goldfine and Jamie Halavais along with Jasper and right is Kai Halavais, and GEICO’s Troy Penry. (Submitted photo)

Air Force veteran Mick Shapiro got the keys to an almost “new car” before Military Appreciation Day at the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game on Sunday, May 29, thanks to a community service program partially supported by a donation from Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, LLP.

The vehicle presentation, coordinated through GEICO and Recycled Rides, is a nationwide program in which collision repair companies, insurers and others team up to repair and donate vehicles to needy families. GEICO donated the vehicle and technicians at Caliber Collision donated personal time to refurbish the vehicle. Other local businesses donated gifts for the family, materials and services for the vehicle.

Mr. Shapiro, a former aerospace control and warning systems operator at Luke Air Force Base, has struggled financially since suffering a debilitating injury years ago that rendered him unable to work. While rebuilding his life, his family exhausted their savings, lost their home and vehicles.

Mr. Shapiro was nominated by the U.S. Veterans Initiative because of his commitment to completing his education at the Maricopa Skills Center. In addition to reuniting his family under one household, he volunteers his time helping other veterans in need.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to participate in this outstanding program, and appreciate the efforts of GEICO and its other community partners to give back and support the men and women of our nation’s military services,” said Dan Goldfine, a partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, in a prepared statement.

 

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