VENICE, Fla. — It was a memorable day for U.S. Navy veteran Jada O’Brien.
After falling on hard times, O’Brien lost her car. For months, she relied on public transportation, family and friends to get her to and from work, and her son to school.
But today, she became the proud owner of a 2015 Dodge Dart.
O’Brien was nominated by the Denis V. Cooper Foundation-Wishes for Heroes. The nonprofit organization helps to improve the quality of life of military veterans and their families.
Wishes for Heroes partnered with GEICO and Caliber Collision to get the Dodge into mint condition and donate it to O’Brien.
Over the last six years, Caliber Collision and its partners donated more than 300 cars to military service members, veterans and others in need of reliable transportation. The car donations are part of the National Auto Body Council's Recycled Rides program.
O’Brien, who works at the Armed Guardian for the Manatee County School District, received gift cards for gas and maintenance, back to school supplies, a trunk full of goodies for the car.
“It’s more than I expected,” said O’Brien. “It’s still registering right now. I’m so beyond thankful and appreciative.”
O’Brien served in the U.S. Navy from 2000-2003 with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
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