Here are all of this year’s nominees!


Rick Wrotniak
I would like to nominate my incredible boyfriend Rick Wrotniak, a very deserving combat veteran. Joining the army straight out of high school in 1998, his first enlistment was nearly over when our country was attacked on September 11th 2001. Rick immediately re-enlisted for the u.s. army’s 10th Mountain Division where he was a staff sergeant and went on to lead an infantry squad on the frontlines of Afghanistan for a year.
Rick is a wonderful father to his 7 year old daughter Roxie, always striving to do his best and be a good example for her. He’s a person that you can truly count on, always there for friends and family in need.
While Rick has always been a very hard worker, this year has been especially difficult financially as he has suffered a series of health issues that has caused him to miss some work, fall behind on bills as well as rack up some costly medical bills. Rick is in need of a new vehicle and beyond deserving, would love to help make this happen for him!
 
 


Robert Alexander
My name is Brandi Watts . I am nominating my Dad Robert Alexander because he is the most selfless person I know. To start my Dad is a disabled Air force Vet.He served in the Vietnam war where his hand was crushed by an airplane propeller. Because of this injury, he was always pained so he had to undergo hand surgery in which he loss use of his ring finger and pinkie. My Dad had also lost hearing in his left ear from the jet engines and suffers from ptsd from the things he has seen. With all his disabilities the V.A. to this day with not give the correct amount of percentage for his disabilities.
Despite everything, my Dad suffers from he is always giving. When you’re in need he will drop everything and come running. He had a non-profit organization which provided Food, cars, household appliances, household goods to families that were in need. If your down on your luck he will give his last penny and the shirt off his back. Along with my mom his wife he has raised 6 amazing children and even though we are all grown up he still continues to support us at all times. There have been times my family personally has fallen on hard times my parents have given up money they have saved to get away or buy themselves something to help me and my family survive our hard times. I have never seen my Dad have a brand new car in all my 38 yrs. he would rather drive something older and give the money to someone who needs it. I could go on and on about how amazing my Dad is. If you ever get the pleasure of meeting my Dad you will understand how truly amazing he is. For these reasons as so many more I believe My DAD finally deserves something in return for his selfless sacrifices to our country, his family, friends and countless strangers.
For my Dad, I love you so much and thank you for everything you have done and continue to do.
 
 


Zachary Cowell
My boyfriend, Zach, served for 4 years in the Air Force. On 9-11 he went to Saudi Arabia, and also served in Afghanistan and other parts of the world and across the U.S.
Zach doesn’t have a car at all right now simply due to not being able to afford one. This is mainly because he has always focused on helping out his family and friends when THEY need help instead of using some of that money for himself. He takes the bus, the train, an Uber, I drive him around when I can, and he even walks to where he needs to go. I joked around with him a couple of weeks ago that I was going to find as many car contests as possible to enter him for (I never even looked) and then I stumbled across this on Facebook yesterday. It was clearly a sign.
 
 


Zachary Grawe
Even before joining the military, my husband, Zack, has been selfless: he always places family and friends before his own needs. Zack joined the Marine Corps right out of high school in 2008. After his deployment to Afghanistan, life never was the same. He discharged from the USMC in 2012 and came back home to Buffalo without the tools to cope with civilian life. Through the years, he struggles with PTSD, often ending up in the ER. Most recently, we shared the day after our wedding in the ER, as he struggled with anxiety, hallucinations, and fear. The last few years haven’t been easy as we’ve struggled to keep each other positive. A new car would allow him the freedom to drive to a friends house or a quiet spot when our home feels too claustrophobic. It would give him the security of not feeling stranded when I’m out or at work. It would help him feel the gratitude we all should feel towards our veterans.
 
 


Maj. Miranda Hulse
Miranda is a very giving person her and her service dog Bolt she suffers fromPTSD she takes her Service dog with her and always has time for her buddy Captain Sydney Cole he is a 104 year old POW she take him out to lunch events and even to the Barber they are truly great veteran and Miranda needs a car they will help Bolt her service dog and her to get around better I love them both so very much Miranda made Buffalo her home and Sydney lives at the Buffalo VA
 
 


Paul Szafranski
With everything he has been through this year. Which includes losing everything in a house fire, along with his beloved 3 dogs. He has remained hopeful and full of spirit. Even when the insurance company has been fighting him all the way about coverage for his property. He just needs one less worry. He is a great father, Papa, husband and an extremely hard worker. He has not missed a beat. Paul whom is my stepfather, I couldn’t be more proud of the guy he is. He is retired Air Force and is extremely committed to everything and everyone he comes in contact with. He is a strong believer that at the end of the day everything will be okay. Paul is a rock for both his family and his community and in return he has earned the love and respect of many. I would love for him to have the opportunity to be shown that good things do make a full circle and he makes us very proud of the man he is!
 
 


Sharon Botticelli
Sharon, my mother, like so many, joined the Air Force right out of high school. Her first assignment was in Misawa, Japan, where she met my father. At just 19 years old, only having served for a year, she gave birth to me and soon after got married. The hardships she must have faced having a child at only 19 years old are hard to imagine, but the memories I have as a child are some of the happiest memories I have. She’s worked very hard since then to build a life for herself and for her children, including helping put me through college and being at every single one of brother’s boy scouts meetings and flying us all the way to Florida just to see my sister graduate from high school. She is the hardest worker and the most responsible person I know. Every time I have trouble with school, finances, cooking, taxes, and other basic life stuff she always has the answer. I know that she’s always been there for me through thick and thin and even with how hard she’s worked throughout the years, having a full-time job plus Uber, she can’t afford the car she’s always wanted. By nominating her I hope to help at least one of her dreams come true since she’s been by my side helping see my dreams come true since day 1. You’re a real one, mom, I love you so much.
 
 


Steve Beecher
My husband is an 8 year veteran of the United States Coast Guard. He has 4 children and works tirelessly from sun up to sun down. He works all different hours and is a true patriot. He loves spending time with the kids, but will never let the kids know how tired he is. One kid is in soccer, another takes swim lessons. He stays busy fixing the house and make sure we are all taken care of. He spends much of his day driving for work and he deserves the best!
 
 


Jesse Dole
I would like to nominate my husband Jesse. Why…. Because he is thee most honest, caring, hardworking, devoted, selfless person I know. He served in the United States Navy for many years after finishing high school where he seen thee most beautiful places as well as some of the worst places and situations. He doesn’t except faliure and pushes to be the best person one can be. Many times I will tell him “that’s your military way” as so many of his past duties, encounters, skills, way they did things have stuck with him. Jesse makes sure our family and friends are taken care of by putting everyone’s needs and feelings first before his own. He really is a very deserving person to be choosen of such honor.
 
 


Jim Carrig
He was a wheel vehicle mechanic stationed at Fort Lewis Washington and also in Hielbron Germany during the Vietnam War. Jim is proud to be an American and loves our country. He is one of the most patriotic people I know. I love hearing stories about Vietnam and Germany. Jim is a devoted husband, father and grandpa who is always giving back. He volunteers with WNY Heroes, donates blood or platelets on a monthly basis for UNYTS and he is a member of the American Legion.
Jim’s 2005 Econoline is often in need of repair, this is a constant source of worry for him.
 
 


Ernie Colern
My brother, Ernie Colern, served in the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1968. He was 21 years of age at the time. He was awarded the Purple Heart when he returned from an injury that still weighs heavy on his mind today. He has suffered from serious PTSD since he returned from Vietnam and still receives therapy and treatment from the Jack Wisbie clinical treatment center in Batavia and Veterans Hospital in Buffalo. Ernie has been a godsend to his family of 10 brothers & sisters, his war buddies, friends at the treatment center and his old and dear friends in the old south buffalo neighborhood who also served with him in Vietnam. These are the people he has shared his experiences with as they also shared with Ernie. It is a special brotherhood of strengths that they give to each other. My brother Ernie has a heart of gold and is always there to help anyone in need especially his wife Patty who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Ernie is very deserving a new car for the many life situations the Vietnam War has put him though since returning from the war and from helping other brothers through the same situations.
 
 


Steven Payne
My husband has served for 15yr (10 active & 5 reserve), he worked hard, especially since going reservist, to make a better life for his family, including driving a car that was falling apart for yrs. He’s generous, caring and has sacrificed all he’s wanted for us. He currently works for the V.A. to make sure his fellow Vets get the care and help they need and deserve.
 
 


Jeffrey Francis
Jeffrey served in the United States Army right out of high school, Jeffrey is now inactive due to medical reasons he works full time and goes to college as well he is a father to a beautiful little girl! Jeff deserves a new car so he can commute safely with his daughter and also to be able to get to and from work and school even though he has medical issues he never was one to sit still and do nothing he needs to keep.
 
 


James Nosbisch
As a wife and caregiver of a disabled husband, an air Force veteran, I am taking him to several appointments and our vehicle has had some costly repairs, needing more as soon as the rear wheel bearings get to be too much noise and needing replacement.
My husband had suffered a thing in 2010, thalamic stroke 2011 followed by a gi blood hemorrhage which effected oxygen to the brain causing further deficits to his abilities. Each of those brain afflictions further complicated his brains performance, thus needing a VP shunt in 2012. Through it all, my husband Jim had a good attitude, cooperated without complaint and tries his very best in whatever he is asked to do. I am so proud of him and even through the difficult times, his total care and all the discomfort I face, handling a 6’3″ tall man, taking care of him is a real blessing, my joy and I am grateful.
To get a new SUV that I can easily take his wheelchair and Jim sit in complete comfort as we drive about, and I would have one less worry, being blessed with a new vehicle would be absolutely wonderful.
 
 


ALBERT HUJER
Served in WW2!
 
 


PAUL HUJER
He’s been in the military for 23 years and he deserves it. Has been in 3 wars, was in the Marines, lost his hearing from a bomb then transferred to the Army. Retiring in October thinks he deserves it!
 
 


Calvin Thomas Giles
He is one of the most caring people I know. At 69 yrs old and a veteran of the air force, he has problems with his hips and walking. But if someone needs help I have seen this man even with problems of his own struggle to help in any way he can. He drives a falling apart truck. Literally. It’s time to help him I hope!
 
 


Michael B. Stutz
Michael is my fiancee and he is an amazing man. He is my 3 sons role model and dad. There’s not a single thing he wouldn’t do to help out his friends and family. Ever since leaving the army, he has missed being part of a family or brotherhood. With his disabilities, we have finally got him to go to college and aspire to do more. He now wants to become an emt or paramedics. For a long time he was unmotivated to move on in life, but he has become motivated to find more joy in his life. Raising three young men to be better than he was. That is his motivation. He also, takes care of me as I have lupus and that has hindered me but he won’t let me quit and I won’t let him.
 
 


SFC Leah Ingraham
Leah joined the Army right out of high school in 1999. She is a Chemical Operations Specialist and with her CBRN Unit (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear) deployed to Iraq in March 2003. Her Unit was in the initial wave into Baghdad and she is thought to be the farthest women forward at that time. She still serves in the Army Reserves. She has served several deployments, including a year spent as a Drill Instructor at Fort Knox. Her latest deployment took her back to Northern Iraq in 2017. She also volunteered for 3 years at a Crisis and Suicide Prevention Clinic.
Leah bought her very first car from a catalog while deployed in 2003 so she would have a vehicle when she returned. Her choice, a 2003 Chevy Impala (affectionately named Pala). Pala has served her well, with 140,000 miles and several coast to coast trips.
Leah will be returning to WNY, in early July to continue her education at UB, for her Masters in Social Work. She hopes to continue to serve her fellow soldiers and first responders suffering from PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury. Unfortunately, “Pala” will not make this last trip, she just doesn’t have another safe 2,000 miles in her.
That’s why I’m nominating Leah. She will desperately need a car to go to school, internships, and work. Based on her continued commitment to our country and soldiers, I believe she (as are all the nominees) would be very deserving of your generous vehicle donation.
 
 


Scot Kish
Scot is not only a veteran but a wonderful, giving caring man who could use a break. He is a pastor and goes to the VA whenever he can. He was in terrible accident 2 yrs ago on his motorcycle and is still struggling to recover. He is an amvet rider and gives far more than he receives. He has been struggling lately and could you a bit of positivity in his life. He was on the verge of losing his vehicle because he was overwhelmed with medical bills. He’s always blessing others and could use a blessing back.
 
 


Brice Little
Brice proudly served in the United States Navy onboard the USS Carl Vinson during Operation OIF, OEF, and Operation New Dawn, and really deserves a new vehicle. He drives an older less reliable car so that myself and our boys can ride in a more reliable and safe vehicle. He means the world to us and I would love for him to get the opportunity to drive something that he would love and would keep him safe.
 
 


Lou Hyde
Lou has been a great friend to my family since I can remember. He served in Vietnam and was severely injured while on duty. It changed his life forever, missing fingers, eyesight, and constantly having surfacing shrapnel tennis from his body. He’s a purple heart recipient, and always there for everyone. He’s the type of guy who would give you the shirt off his back without having to think twice. No one is more deserving than this man with a heart of gold.
 
 


Dan Jarodzynski
Dan is retired but still helping his kids financially lives modesty but still can’t afford to buy a car. I know him from tennis which he rides his bike to and from. Perhaps he will get to our tennis games on time with a car.
 
 


Othaman Rafeek
He served 10 years in the Air Force and is now a service connected disabled veteran. He has the kindest heart and is always willing to lend a helping hand to family, friends and strangers alike. Othaman and his family would really benefit from this should he win !
 
 


Robert Judson
He served 4 years in the navy taking care of the wounded.
 
 


Nick Cultrara
Nich was is a disabled vet who served in the Navy USS Iowa bb-61 from 1987 to 1991. He was serving in April 19 1989 where ship had an explosion. Hes Definitely a deserving vet!!!
 
 


Anthony Baginski
A gulf war vet who works tirelessly to provide for his family, rescue animals and gives back in countless ways!
 
 


Tracy Draper
I’d like to nominate Tracy because she has served in the US Army and the Army Reserves. She retired from the Army in 2003, and I feel like she deserves a new car. She’s not able to work full-time due to an injury she has, and her current vehicle has been in and out of the shop. It has been difficult for her to keep up with the repairs along with her other monthly expenses.
 
 


Tom Van Wie
I’m nominating Tom because he has served our country for over 20+ years. He has been to war many of times, including volunteering to go. He just retired last year. But he continues to serve us as an Erie County Sheriff.
 
 


Tom Militello
I am nominating Tom because of his bravery and composure. He was drafted inbetween College Semesters into the Vietnam War. As a member of the 101st Airborne Division, he jumped out of airplanes into enemy territory. I can’t get too many stories out of him, but I know he was sprayed multiple times with agent orange. He was talking to a friend and in a flash, enemy fire occurred – in the blink of an eye, his friend was in pieces and his Sargent said “Clean up the Mess.” Despite all of the horrors of war he endured, he returned home in one piece but a more humble man. A better man. He selflessly gives a lot of time to the church. He’s a wonderful Grandfather and the Best Dad a person could ask for. I don’t know how someone could go through all of that and be a great person! Hardworking, happy and silly!
 
 


Donald Waddell
Donald is an almost 10year veteran of the United States Army. He is a great husband and father of four young children. He is a full-time student at NCCC. During his service, he has become disabled. He was diagnosed with a tbi and PTSD also many other medical issue. Which he has to go to VA hospital a lot. Which last year he was in a car accident that totaled the car. So the vehicle he has for his family and for himself is running out of room. With limited income and most likely getting put at unworkable with the VA because of blackouts. Donald is willing to help all those in need. He would give you the shirt off his back if you are in need. He always gives and never asks for anything in return.
 
 


Mike Shanley
Michael serve their country through the Iraq war as a M1 Abrams tank driver. Since his return, he has overcome his battle scars And devotes his time to helping other veterans.
He has been an inspiration in his work with dog tags for vets. And is always there to lend a helping hand.
 
 


Bruce Luck
Bruce is not a Marine veteran that expects people to honor him. He served his country with pride and has never asked for anything in return. He just celebrated his 40th birthday and has never owned a new vehicle. He puts his family and friends first always and himself last. I think this would be a great surprise!
 
 


Julia Tomaka (King)
Julia is a US Navy Veteran. She is a combat veteran with two deployments over to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. She has served 8 years honorably and has now settled here in Buffalo. Julia has received numerous awards and accommodations while serving onboard DDG 76 USS Higgins. She is currently working in the Buffalo Public School system and is always giving back. She is caring to everyone and is deserving of something nice. She spent her career in the Navy on guided missile destroyers as a Fire Controlman. She was a technician on the Aegis weapon system for the USS Higgins as well as the USS Benfold. Julia finished up her career as a local Navy recruiter who helped many young adults start their own successful Navy journeys. Now she guides the young minds of children in the city of Buffalo. Please consider her for a new vehicle because I think she would love that.
 
 


Richard Lunger
My brother has been serving since the day he graduated high school. He is now 33 years old. He has served a year in Iraq back in 2005 and is currently serving a year over in Poland. He loves serving his country and plans to keep doing so until he is elderly and unable to. He sacrifices time with his 2 sons to do so which is why I couldn’t think of a more deserving person. He is the most loving and kindest person you’ll ever meet.
 
 


Charles Brundidge
He is my boyfriend, who is forever doing things for other people, always putting himself last. He hasn’t had his own car in over 10 yrs, he works a full-time job and is an active reservist and still makes time for other people, wish I could buy him a car but I can’t so this is a lucky shot.
 
 


Michael McCrossan
Michael joined the US Navy in 2011 and served in active duty as a Master At Arms for 4 years. During that time he also spent many hours volunteering for a non-profit that helps active and retired working dogs, Spikes K9 Fund. Currently he is in the reserves and serves each month, while also continuously working for our country at his full time job. He has always been loyal to both his family and his country. He dedicates his life to serving and protecting. I nominated Michael because he always thinks of others before himself and never hesitates to help anyone in need, sometimes at his own cost. This would be a way to show appreciation for all that he has done for our country, and all he continues to do now.
 
 


William Baggiano
I am nominating my papa because he deserves this vehicle for always helping others. He is always kind and can use a break with his vehicle payments.
 
 


Francene Rodgers
She goes above and beyond for anyone. She has the biggest heart and had a passion for helping the homeless people by connecting items on her own and personally handing them out. She is reliable, trustworthy and most of all an amazing person. Francene was a Third class petty officer in the Navy who was one of very few females working on the flight during her time in the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON. She is a mother of 2 girls and very dedicated to them. She has had a very rough year losing 3 people who meant the world to her including her father who passed away on veterans day. Francenes vehicle now is almost 14 years old and is becoming not so reliable for her and her kids and I would love to see her win a new car so her and her kids are safe. I couldn’t think of a more deserving person for this opportunity!
 
 


James Sieroslawski
James served his country honorably for 21 years and served in Iraq just after having a 2 month old son. He’s a great father to his 2 kids and excellent role model.
 
 


Alexander Thompson
Alex doesnt have a vehicle and is a stay at home dad to his 4, soon to be 5, children. Hes unable to work due to injuries sustained in the military. Being unable to leave the house takes a mental toll on him. Living in the country hes unable to take his children to something as simple as the park because me, his wife, works so much and I have to use our only vehicle. Alex also volunteers his time to a veteran organization here in Buffalo and having a vehicle would allow him to be in better contact and more meetings with other vets. It would also allow him to attend local veteran events so he could interact with like minded folks.
Alex selflessly served in the USArmy for almost 8 years with a deployment overseas. He has broken vertebrae, 2 knees that are waiting replacement, PTSD and tbi. I am his wife and caregiver through the VA caregiver program.
 
 


Nicholas Bailey
Nicholas is my husband and he served in the military for 4 years. He is the most amazing guy I’ve ever met. He would give his shirt off his back to anyone in need. He is very hard working and never expects anything in return for all his hard work. This would be an amazing opportunity for him to win something he deserves.
 
 


Sean Tressel
I am nominating my husband, Sean Tressel, because he deserves to have a new, reliable vehicle. He just came home from an 11 month deployment, in Iraq. He bought a car that we could afford when he came home, he’s never had a brand new car. He has missed so much this past year, and I would love for him to have a new car to enjoy, and create memories with us in. He is such an amazing husband and father, I’d really love to be able to tell him he’s won a new vehicle.
 
 


Jason Jaskula
Jason gives selfishly of himself to our country and community. He has served in the Military since 1989. He is dedicated to helping our veterans. He founded the KIA Memorial Roadmarch. Raising thousands of dollars and thousands of pounds of food a year. His career is filled with numerous awards and medals. He’s active with the Buffalo court mentor program and our Depart of Veteran Affairs.
 
 


James Carrig
Jim was in the army from 1972 to 1975, and served in VietNam. Jim is a true Patriot and is proud of his service. He has suffered from some health issues related to his tour, but I have never heard him complain. Jim is in need of a new car and I sincerely hope you will consider him. He is more than worthy.
 
 


Charlie Palumbo
Since my husband’s been home from deployment, it’s been very hard for him to find purpose to life again. Recently, we have been through some alot and losing his automobile was one. I’m so proud of my husband for trying to make a difference within himself. Winning a car, would definitely be N amazing gift to him. He deserves it.
 
 


Grant Hanlon
My husband Grant served in Iraq during 08 to 09. My husband has suffered from PTSD and depression. I’m grateful to God that he brought my soldier home to me safe, but mentally he just wasn’t the same. Its been a battle for him and I’m proud to say he is getting better little by little. He goes to counseling and I can see the old version of my husband starting to come back. I feel my husband deserves this bc he fought almost every day of his life and continues to keep on fighting. He is Army strong!
 
 


Bonny Sklener
My mother joined the military right out of high school. She served for 8 years and loves reminiscing about the time she spent stationed in Germany. Though she missed her family, she embraced the culture and explored Europe, and loves telling everyone stories about her time there. While in the army, she worked in dental and used those same skills of compassion and knowledge to pursue a nursing career when she got out. When she left the army to have a family and come home to take care of her mother, her order, hard work, and values she gained in the army forever stayed with her. After my father passed away, she continued to work and raise us using the discipline and care that the army taught her- but also taught us to embrace life, to not fear taking on adventure, and to help others as she did by serving. My mother has always put everyone first and made the best of situations, and that is what I find to be a valuable quality in someone who’s served our country. I am nominating her for this to give back because she’s always given us better opportunities while settling for less (especially when it comes to her cars that she drives until there’s nothing left to them, yet is still so grateful to have). She truly deserves it.
 
 


Yvonne Baran
SFC Baran is a Recruiter for the New York Army National Guard in Buffalo! Nothing gets her down. I’m nominating her because she could use a new car, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving. She was recently in an unfortunate accident, and lost her van only a few months after buying it. Due to a situation with the insurance company her vehicle was not covered. She has been driving and older car that was given to her, and I think that she would a new car!
 
 


Justin Pollock
I’m nominating my youngest son who is a Marine vet a new father and a full-time college student and husband. He’s an awesome young man who always helps his friends and family. And could use A good reliable car.
 
 


John Kaminski
In 2015 he was Diagnosed with Primary scler
Oses cholangitis of the liver .in 2016 ulcerative colitis .was in the hospital of May 3 2016 to the end of summer. Almost pastway. Had to learn to walk again .also always helping people out of anybody needed something .money is tight with him.good father figure .he’s on SSI. And a good person.
 
 


Kenneth Hurt
Ken is the hardest working man I have ever met. He went into the army right out of high school. He was 17 so his parents had to give permission. He spent 4 years in the army and it taught him a lot of life lessons, things he still carries with him. He works non-stop to better his life and his children’s lives. Though he can never seem to get ahead. After tirelessly working before sun up til after sun down, he’s finally been able to buy a home to call his own. His car is almost at the end of its life, and will need to soon be replaced. We will not have the money to buy him the truck of his dreams. He will likely end up with whatever cheap vehicle we can find. He has worked hard for his country working as a mechanic in combat in Bosnia, he has worked hard as a father for his children. It is now time for him to get something in return. He finally deserves a break and be able to relax knowing that he has a vehicle that he does not have to worry about.
 
 


Carl Rizzo
Carl is a wonderful husband, grandfather and a disabled vet. Very caring and giving to others. A new vehicle with a comfortable seat would do wonders for his hip and back pain.
 
 


Charles Garverick
The #1 Korean War USAF Veteran in my life.
 
 


Mark Francis
Outstanding government employee and helpful guy to everyone.
Definitely could use a new automobile. Mark is a friendly, courteous, polite and caring guy. Best “Cold War” veteran that I’m personally acquainted with. Mark is also a care giver to his elderly mother and sister. The world needs more guys like Mark Francis. WNY is a better place, because of Mark. Thank you Mark for all that you do and have done.
 
 


Jacob Wiesnet
I’m nominating Jake because he is a selfless veteran who continues to live everyday in service of fellow veterans. He has tirelessly worked to promote disabled veterans hockey throughout WNY and throughout the country. He’d be glad to give you the promotional (for other veterans) shirt he designed and sells for cost off his back if it’ll help a veteran or friend. He’s a class act through and through, drives a crumby vehicle in need of replacement and as a fellow disabled combat veteran, there’s no one I can think of more deserving of this honor than Jake Wiesnet.
 
 


James Kolis
Not only did he serve in Vietnam, but took two tour’s there. He was a Heuy door gunner and they crashed, but they were lucky to survive. Since he’s been home he tries to help other Vet’s he encounters who need to talk to someone about what they have been though in order to help them get it off their chests. On a lighter note, he can still tell a Huey a mile off.
 
 


Michael Eberle
Michael is an army vet, served in Iraq in 05-06, he is currently 100% disabled and is a stay at home dad to our 2 children. He is just the most wonderful father to them, and hes very proud of it! He puts all of his family’s needs before his own, no questions asked!
 
 


Eric Wagner
My father is an almost 10-year air force veteran, serving in Korea back in the 80s/90s. Stationed at F.E Warren air force base in Cheyenne, WY. He was a single dad for MANY years, raising my sister and I by himself. He worked very hard, almost 16 hr days at BFI every day to make sure we always had everything we needed! Still to this day, at almost 60 years old, he works 2 jobs (the buffalo news, and napa auto parts) just to make ends meet for himself. He’ll most likely never retire. He is a wonderful, loving grandfather now to his 3 grandchildren. He deserves for something good to happen to him finally. I’d love to see some faith restored in him, I love my father very much!
 
 


Corey Phillips
I would like to nominate my brother Corey Phillips. Corey served in the navy in 2003 and was sent overseas to the Persian Gulf when the Iraq invasion began. Corey and his friend have recently opened a new business called Western New York Tile and Stone Corporation. He works 70-80 hours a week and travels out of states many weeks out of the month leaving his wife alone with their 2 young sons. Corey drives a very old Toyota Camry that could go at any second. We worry about him traveling in and out of state for work that he could break down. Corey would greatly benefit from a new vehicle to get him back and forth to work and not have to worry about a new car payment as he is struggling already with his new business. Thank you for considering my brother.
 
 


Brandon Mcmullen
Brandon is one of the most caring and selfless people I have ever met in my entire life. He has been in the army for 6 years and loves it through and through. He has recently hit some unforeseen circumstances and is having issues with his car. I would love to see him get something awesome cause he is truly deserving, and would never do something like this for himself.
 
 


Leon Hyman
I’d like to nominate my Dad, Leon. Father of 6, grandfather of 17, great grandfather of 19 and husband to my Mom of 63 years. His service to his country and his family is beyond words. Although Dad’s service in the Army was short 1954-1956, he has carried out honoring our country and veterans endlessly over the years by participating in Veterans Day, Flag Day and Memorial Day functions/parades and is always in uniform to honor those who served at funerals and memorial services. Besides his service to our country, his service to his family and community is equally amazing. With such a large family there is always someone in need of a helping hand and Dad is always there. His latest and greatest service in my eyes has been taking care of my Mom, recently diagnosed with cancer. Thank you Dad for being you, I am proud to nominate you for this giveaway and you are always a winner to me and all of your family.
 
 


Irena Bolyn
My mother is the most selfless and caring veteran there is. She has been involved with WNY Heroes (Veteran community) in giving back to those who deserve it. Not only the veteran community but also the WNY community by being involved in several groups; Junior League of Buffalo, Meals on Wheels, and several church groups. One day with her will change anyone’s life.
 
 

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Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets


Jon Mellott
I would like to nominate my husband, Jon Mellott for your vet program because he is a hard working, father, husband, and military member. In a turn of events, after coming home from Afghanistan and losing 4 men he had to make the hard decision to leave the Gaurd and join the reserves to better our family. We have three children that were blessed to us within 13 months and in order to be here for the family he stepped down from his beloved position as an officer in the Gaurd. I know that this decision, he still struggles with today. Although the demands in the reserves are high still, he has selflessly continued to fulfill his duty in the reserves and does so much to provide for our family. Being gone for weekends, and longer drills, while still helping us succeed and function is no small task and can sometimes add pressure to his workload, which I hate to see. I think this contest could help him to see that his deeds do not go unnoticed and could help alleviate a stressor in our lives.
 
 

James Apperson Vehicles for Vets

James Apperson Vehicles for Vets


James Apperson
My dad served for 20 years in the Army. Throughout the 20 years of service he has helped many people. Each year he chooses one family to donate a bunch of Christmas presents to. Families that have nothing or no one and now they are able to have a full on Christmas for their kids. Each year he takes one child unknown to him but he buys them school clothes to get through at least half the year maybe the whole year. I believe he is a good candidate because he always puts everyone else first and worries about himself later on. When he retired from the army he chose to move to Ellington NY to be closer to my grandparents and take care of his mother until she passed. His dream is to live in the adirondacks but he has once again put his dreams last because his father still needs his help. This is a vet who not only has had 2 tours to Iraq and seen all that hes seen but hes helped so many.
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets


Jordan Kinney
Member has been in the military for 8 years and while serving in the military member lost his father who was a Niagara Falls Police Officer due to suicide. Member has demonstrated resiliency and determination in all aspects of duty. Member supports home station mission within the 914 communications squadron. Member also volunteers in local community by coaching youth softball and does not have reliable auto transportation and needs reliable auto to get to and from work
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets


Sean Elniski
My name is Georgianne Boland. I am nominating Sean Elniski. Sean served a year in Afghanistan and a year in Iraq. He takes care of his mother who just had open heart surgery (quadruple bypass). His current car is fifteen years old and has close to 100,000 miles on it and from time to time in the shop for repairs. He works very hard and accepts all of the overtime he can get (sometimes at 4:00AM). He is very intelligent but because he is dyslexic is limited to the jobs he is qualified for. He is very kind and always willing to help and doesn’t feel that the world owes him a living. With his mother needing rehabilitation he will be responsible for taking her to her appointments because she can no longer drive. He would like to find an apartment that would be more accommodating for his mother. Getting a new vehicle would be one less expense he’d have to worry about. Please consider him. Thank you!
 
 

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Deborah Custis
Deborah is a Disabled Veteran, she suffers from Depression, PTSD,Asthma, Migraine Headaches, and Military Sexual Trauma, She is a Survivor if Childhood Molestation and has 6yrs clean from Drugs and Alcohol.
Deborah is a single mom of a daughter Alexius 21 yrs old and has 2 grandsons who live in Hempstead NY. She is a very caring and loving person, who will help anyone she can.
She does not allow her illness to stop here. She has many Doctors appointments at the Buffalo VA and 1 in the community. She attends other groups in the Community but is limited because wher she lives in Cheektowaga NY buses stop running on the weekday @5pm, On Saturday only 2 buses and no buses on Sunday.
Having a vehicle would greatly help her, with evenind Doctor appointments, Grocery shopping going to Church and taking others to church as she is a member and Usher at Faith is the Victory Tabernacle a small congregation but growing and no Church Van. She would be able to get out and do other things, like go back to College and get her degree in Counseling. That’s all she talks about and does is help others, she is a Blessing to know.
 
 

Christopher Cercy

Christopher is a very deserving person who is continuously is wanting and willing to help others in need. He is doing all he can to better himself. If he sees a person who is in need, he does all he can to help them. There have been countless instances where he has simply stopped driving to help another motorist move their car that had stalled, or helped an animal not get hurt. He has a genuine heart for people and though he has had a hard life, he cares for others without though of himself.
 
 

Brett Bolt

On behalf of the Warriors Family, I would like to nominate Brett Bolt- US Army Veteran. Brett has been my children’s soccer coach for the last 5 years and during these last few years I have watched him coach and teach at times almost 45 children respect, acceptance, teamwork, loyalty and for some just being a father figure to them. He started with 1 team of 9 children and now has 3 teams with full rosters ranging from ages 8-13. Many of the kids on his team get bullied in school, Brett has a zero tolerance for bullying, everyone is like family and the kids look forward to coming to soccer and having a great time. We are one big Warrior Family. While doing all this, he also runs his own electric business which requires him to travel often. Brett currently drives a used car in which he needs to roll down the window to use the outside handle to open the door. Plus he cares for his girlfriend, who has medical issues that do not allow her to drive, so he needs to be there for her to get her to her drs appts. I can’t think of a better was to say Thank you to Brett for his service and dedicating both in the Army and with the Warriors, than a new car. There are 45 children who would agree with me and would tell you how much positive influence he has made in their lives. The team gifted him with a video of the children’s messages that I would love to share if Brett is chosen. Thank you for your consideration!
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Justin Miller

Justin served his country for 6 years. Justin is a single father of two. He is a great father. And works hard to support them. He is attending full time college to make a better life for them all. He could really use the financial brake of a new car.
 
 

Scott Milligan

I am nominating Scott because he is a great person who has been deployed to Iraq, Guantanamo bay Cuba, the U.S. Virgin islands, and the Mexican border. Scott has served in the 105th MP company out of Buffalo for the last 17 years. Scott is a father of 3 kids and has never not answered the call for this country, even if it meant he wouldn’t be able to see his children for an extended period of time. Scott has had alot of ups and downs throughout his time in the military. The first time Scott deployed to Iraq in 2003 his daughter was only just over 1yr old. When Scott returned from Iraq in 2004 his daughter didn’t even remember him. That was very hard for him to deal with, he had to take his time and rebuild a relationship with his now almost 3 yr old child. Then in 2014 Scott deployed again to Guantanamo bay Cuba. By this time Scott had two son’s aged 5 and 7 and his daughter was now 15. This deployment was a little better to deal with because he could at least use the phone and internet to speak with and video chat with his children. Scott has also deployed to the Mexican border for 4 months in 2007, and to the U.S. Virgin islands in 2017 for hurricane response. In my opinion there is no one more qualified to earn your respect for a vehicle than Scott.
 
 

Robert Pettway

The most selfless and humble person I know. Looks out for everyone before himself. Always puts others needs before his own. He has not had a new car since 1994. Because he always wanted his family to have 1st.
 
 

Benjamin Croom

As I write this, my husband, LTC Benjamin (Benji) Croom is flying to his 4th deployment as an active duty soldier in the US Army. Benji has been a member of the US Army for over 24 years. He enlisted in the Georgia National Guard at the age of 17, beginning his career working as a helicopter mechanic. He then attended Georgia Military College and Georgia Southern University before being commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer. After numerous years as a Field Artilleryman, Benji received his Master’s Degree at Georgetown University through an Army sponsored program. Currently, he works with the Cyber Security division of the Army.
Benji has served multiple tours of duty including Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel. Upon returning from his current deployment he hopes to retire and relax for a little while before joining the civilian workforce.
Benji is a proud member of the United States Military. Being a soldier was the only thing he ever wanted to do and he has loved his time in the Army. Whenever anyone thanks Benji for his service, his response is always “it’s my privilege,” because that it what he truly believes. He is the true example of what a great soldier should embody and he is a very deserving Veteran.
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

James Apperson

I would like to take this moment to tell you about my husbad and his 21 year career as a Soldier. He may not hold as many physical outward scars of was other then the surgical repair of his cervical spine but so many other are hide well until he tries to sleep. He has told me of countless situations where had he and his team not been there yet another soldier would have lost there life. He is most proud that he saved live in combat first american then he also rendered care and life saving measure to those who momentago we fire on him. This we that I am writing this my husband posted to his facebook page of the Gtreatest Generration who are dying away so quickly soon there no veteran left to tell the story of WWII. Soon we will have millions of soldiers who went to Korea and then those who served in vietnam. My husband rarey speak of the 2 gulf wars he served through and im. He had a choice to retire without ever going to Iraq but he told that he had told his commander if he we just on another Sergeant First Class( SFC) wouldnt have to go twice. and So in 2005 and 2006 SFC Apperson spend 12 month getting harrassment shelling every 3 days before he cam hom to retire and his long time Western New York town. He always thinks about other so lets think about him without him knowing for a change.
 
 

Sarah Casto

I really don’t know where to begin, so I guess I’ll just introduce you to my daughter. Her name is Sarah R. Casto and she is a 10 year veteran of the United States Navy. She enlisted in August 2001, and served proudly until 2011. She was trained as a Gunner’s Mate and reached the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class. Her first ship, the USS Stump DD978, took her on her 1st deployment to South America in 2003. This is where she worked with the Coast Guard catching and detaining drug runners. They decommissioned the Stump in 2004. She was then assigned to the USS Cole DDG67until 2006 when she was chosen to go to Camp Lemonier in Djibouti, Africa. She spent a year in Africa and had some really rough times that I am not at liberty to discuss. She helped the Military Police and had her share of conflicts with Somali. This was when our government was keeping a lot hush, hush. They had their hands full with the Somalians and the pirates. I know it sounds like she didn’t see any action, but that is not true. She served her year and returned to Dam Neck, Virginia. There she was head instructor, training future Gunner’s Mates.
In 2013 she returned home. She got a job as a counselor for at risk teens. She enrolled in JCC with a major in Human Services. She was working full time and taking a full load of classes at school. I didn’t want to push her but I knew things weren’t right. She did not trust the V.A. and did not want to reach out for help. Her Dad finally convinced her to go to them and see what they could do for her. She has no physical wounds but the psychological ones are just as bad, if not worse.
She wants to continue her education and get herself fixed as she puts it. She needs a new car desperately but not financially able to do it. This car would mean that she can hopefully make the life she deserves for herself.
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Sean Elinski

Sean served one term in Iraq and one term in Afghanistan. He is extremely intelligent but because of his dyslexia is limited to jobs he is qualified for. He takes care of and lives with his mother who can’t drive anymore and just had quadruple bypass surgery and will require a lot of rehab and doctor appointments which he will be responsible for taking her to. He is very kind, considerate, always willing to help and doesn’t think the world owes him a living. His current vehicle is 15 yrs old with almost 100,000 miles on it and often has to go into the repair shop. He would like to move and is having a hard time finding an apartment he can afford. He works overtime any chance he has to in order to make more money. Many times he works overtime at 4:00am-8:00am. Getting a vehicle would be one less expense he would have to worry about. I feel he is a well deserving nominee. Please consider him.
 
 

Sgt Warren Davidson

Sgt Warren Davidson

Sgt. Warren Davidson

We saw that BASILCARS.COM was accepting nominations for a U.S. Veteran who deserves of a new car. We immediately thought of Warren Davidson.

Warren grew up in Niagara Falls, NY. One of 13 children, he did not have material wealth but had love of family and country instilled in him.

Warren served in the 4th Infantry in Viet Nam, attained the rank of Sargent and was honorably discharged from the Army on 8/15/68.

After Warren’s return from Viet Nam, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Lou, and they had three children. Warren became a self-employed painter and to this day, continues to work at jobs he receives by “word of mouth” for residents of Niagara Falls. Unfortunately, Mary Lou passed away due to cancer before their youngest child started grade school. Warren became a single Dad at a young age. He raised his children alone, working hard without complaint.

There is no veteran we can think of who deserves a new car more than Warren. He is a humble, soft spoken, gentle man. He lives a very understated life, a single man, taking painting jobs as they come. He sometimes does not have a vehicle to drive to jobs as well as to transport his painting supplies. He needs a reliable car.

Warren is the “face” of all Viet Nam Veterans in our country. He does not ask for recognition, does not complain about how he was treated upon his return and is vocal about his love for his country. We make a point of calling Warren on November 11th each year.

We nominate Warren Davidson, a humble hero and a U.S. Veteran who, with his fellow soldiers, served his country well.

Gabriel Laracuente

Gabriel Laracuente

Gabriel Laracuente

He is one amazing man and great father. He is very strong and battles PTSD daily. He was oversees in Afghanistan. Not many people are aware of the diagnosis and how severe it can be but to see him overcome daily struggles is always a win. He stays in faith and keeps on trucking.
 
 

Tyler Johnson

Tyler Johnson

Tyler Johnson

I am nominating my son in-law because he is a sole provider for my daughter and my grandchildren. He works incredibly hard not only taking care of them but sacrificing so much for our country. They only have one car right now and they would be so thankful and appreciative for this. I’d love for them to win this!! They deserve it.
 
 

Wilson Curry

Wilson Curry

Wilson Curry

Having gone through war & everything that comes along with war. My father survived! & with that experience he is a great person. He helps whenever & wherever he is asked or see’s that help is needed, he does his best. Even if he is tired & sore & broke with no money! He still helps. Always finding a reason to smile & laugh. Just making the best out of what he has. On top of being a grandfather with medical conditions & plenty of family depending on him, he’s still pushing himself to survive! Because this is a very tough world we live in these days. So please help with taking one extra burden by submitting my fathers name in to win a new car! He deserves it. Plenty of family depends on him to get them where they all have to go!
Thank you for having this. This is great!
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Ryan Waller

Ryan was an E6 Sargent. Ryan went to Iraq 2 times while he served in the Army.
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Timothy Slon

Timothy is my Father that served for the United States Air Force, I am not nominating him for his past service but for his present service. He volunteers his time and his heart to other surviving veterans currently. Most recently he was helping out a surviving war vet named Raymond J. Pikul. My Father would take him to doctors appointments, food shopping, and just help him with everyday needs. Until Recently Raymond had passed away and it effect my dad to the point where he goes out of his way to help others that he meets along his way at the VA hospital. Knowing most of them do not have families, He tries his best to take other vets to doctors visits or food shopping or even to group sessions for other heart attack survivors. Yes back in 2012 my father Survived the widow maker heart attack and ever since then he has been dedicating his life to his family and giving to other veterans that do not have much. I believe with the amount that he has given to the world that if he won the vehicle he would know that God sent this to him to thank him for the time he has spent helping others.
 
 

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Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Michael Eberle

I would be honored to nominate my son Mike. Mike entered the army shortly after getting married in 2005. Soon after completing his basic training and A.I.T. he was deployed to Iraq. Mike completed over a 100 missions will in Iraq fearing for his life everyday. But not only was he fearing for his life he also found out that his wife was home cheating on him. Upon his return from Iraq he not only had to deal with severe P.T.S.D. he also had to deal with getting divorced. Mike still deals with P.T.S.D. but has come a long way . He now has a good wife and two beautiful children .And if you asked him if he would do it all over again he would say yes because he loves his country and follow in his fathers foot steps. I am also a Army Veteran. The one thing Mike and his family could really use now is a new car they currently drive a twelve year old car that is falling apart. I would like to thank Basil for having a event like this for our veterans .
 
 

Michael Hart

Michael Hart

Michael Hart

I’m nominating my father, purple heart Vietnam veteran Mike Hart. My dad is a man like no other. He has spent his whole life protecting & serving others. He served his county & was severely wounded in the leg during the Vietnam war. After that, he became & devoted family man to my mother, brother & I. He continued to provide for his family by becoming a NYS corrections officer & continued to help a fellow brother or sister officer in need when they fell on hard times. His dedication to others did not stop there, after 23yrs of service to NYS, he retired & continued to service his community through the Lions Club. He is a man of honor & I couldn’t think of a better recipient.
 
 

Craig Clemons Basil Family Dealerships

Craig Clemons Basil Family Dealerships

Craig Clemons

My husband is the hardest working person I know. He deserves to finally win something and have things work out for him for once. He amazes me everyday with how he gets by everyday with a smile on his face and a can do attitude. I admire him greatly and would love for him to get picked to win.
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Vern Patterson

My Uncle, Vern Patterson, proudly served in the USAF from 1951-1954. He currently is driving a vehicle with so many miles on it, and so many things wrong with it, that it won’t pass inspection. He currently can not afford to fix it. When I heard about this program, Vehicles for Vets, I thought how cool this initiative was, and decided to nominate my uncle, a US Veteran in his 80’s who could really use an opportunity to be reminded how good life still is because others care!
 
 

Ronald Gawlak Basil Family Dealerships

Ronald Gawlak Basil Family Dealerships

Ronald Gawlak

I’m nominating the best husband in the world. Who’s always there not only for his family, but to anyone who needs a helping hand. Our neighbors call him “Mr. Rogers” for his kind heart. He deserves the best.
 
 

James Frost Vehicles for Vets

James Frost Vehicles for Vets

James Frost

I didn’t know James until recently. He signed up for the Marine Corps right out of high school and served in Somalia. He was also briefly in the Army. He is now considered disabled due to PTSD. He is extremely community service minded. He fixes things for people, anything really – from bikes and lawn mowers, to clothes dryers or gardening, expecting nothing in return. Most notably he fixes bikes. He is well-known for this in Hamburg; if you have a bike no longer in use, get it to James. He fixes them up, cleans them up, and donates them to less fortunate children or other veterans in need of basic transportation. He charges nothing; just fixes them up and gives them away. He does not own a car of his own. He rides his bike to “jobs” or gets a ride. If James were to be selected to receive a car, it would be a great help to him for his two school-age children as well as in his community service activities. Thank you for considering James Frost.

 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Christopher Richter Sr.

My father in law served our country proud in the Navy in 1973 and I’m nominating him because I truly feel this would be true happiness to him because he has a low income and has never had a reliable vehicle and he’s constantly having to fix his cars or junk them because they are not reliable vehicles.

 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Anthony Hairston

Anthony proudly served in the Army for 8 years. He always welcomes inquiries from those taking interest in learning of his military service. He is consistently impressed on Veterans Day with the volunteers that help out with the VFW dinner for veterans. Everyone’s recognition for his service is much appreciated. Anthony is family man and loves his WNY community. He enjoys its four seasons, festivals, parks, and water activities. He is proud to call WNY home. A new vehicle would help Anthony and his fur buddy, Storm, enjoy all the area has to offer.
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Kevin Fossum

Kevin is a Army Ranger, combat service veteran with PTSD. At one time he was homeless and unfortunately due to his symptoms he ran into trouble with the judicial system. He is now over that trouble, and is trying to regain his life back in society. He works closely with Dee Miller of the New York State Defenders Association Veterans Defense Program and is steadily finding success. Kevin has found his own place to live and regularly walks to the Veterans Defense Program and is polite, respectful and striving for success. Currently he has no transportation and can not attend many programs that could help him. For example, he could not attend the recent Buffalo Stand Down held yesterday at Key Bank Arena. If he had a vehicle he would have attended and had the exposure to job opportunities, and other services. Having transportation would be a life changer. He is a great candidate who has served this country and we hope you choose him to receive a vehicle.
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Dale Comella

She served in the Army for 81/2 years as a medic, beginning in South Korea and including a 1 year deployment to Iraq. A single mom of 4 children (12(Downs),11(on the spectrum),7,6 yrs)with minimal income. Moved up here from Louisiana last year. Volunteers with her children for many things, one being a food conservation program for families with special needs in which she must drive to Coops and grocery stores to pick up what they donate and take donations to distribution sites. She must also take her children to a midpoint meet(Kentucky) to transfer them to their dad a few times a year. Her current vehicle is aging and the mileage is high. She and her little family would be so appreciative of the chance to win a new vehicle, as they appreciate being able to live in a safe home up north, having survived a flooded one(5 ft. in ranch home) in Denham Springs,LA 3 years ago. They take nothing for granted and would be the perfect spokes family for the Vehicles for Vets program. I attended the giveaway event with them last year(Dale’s mom) and was thrilled at the patriotism and sincerity of your staff. My grandchildren enjoyed the meal offerings and I entered raffles. They cheered for the nominees and the winner of last year’s vehicle, although being very sad their name was not among those chosen. I hope you get a chance to meet them. We all went around and thanked the Basil staff for establishing such a program, as we know how much it can mean to a deserving person/family.

Richard Anger

Richard Anger

Richard Anger

I would like to nominate my grandfather, Richard Anger, who is an Army Veteran and one of the strongest people I have ever known. Until the past few years, I knew my grandfather served in the Army and was in Vietnam, but like so many veterans of that era, he would never talk about his service. Unfortunately, he has begun to experience health problems to include a recent cancer diagnosis, related to his Army service and exposure to agent orange in Vietnam. These life changes have started a conversation about his experiences. I learned that he joined the Army on Valentine’s Day in 1964 at the young age of 20, newly married and with a baby on the way. He became part of the 584 Light Equipment Company, where he learned to operate all varieties of heavy equipment and was even trained in the use of dynamite. His skills were put to use in Cam Rahn Bay to begin building a port and hospital there. He returned to the states ill, spending a month in an Army hospital, before continuing his work at Ft. Belvoir where he was an instructor in the use of heavy equipment, training officer candidates.

After his Army service, he worked for Virginia Electric & Power Co. but moved back to western New York so he and my grandmother could be near to family, which has been the focus of his life. He began working for the NYS DOT as a laborer but proved himself and moved his way up, becoming an Equipment Operator Instructor. He has taught numerous men and women how to operate the plows, loaders, pavers and other equipment that maintain our state highways, always teaching with patience and kindness. He continues to work to this day driving a school bus, even though he could have long retired, because the need for drivers is so great in our small community. That is the kind of person he is.

Grandpa’s quiet patience has made him the rock of our family. He has always been the person who stops to help stranded motorists during our harsh winters (long before cell phones existed), the person who stops to help a stray dog or cat and the kind of person who buys and anonymously gives a new bike to a boy whose family cannot afford one. He is the one we call when things go wrong because we know he will always be there for us. I am nominating my grandfather because he is a kind and deserving person and because we cannot forget the important service of all our veterans, especially those who served in the past but are still sacrificing all these years later with their health. Thank you for considering my entry and bringing the public’s focus to the veterans in our community.
 
 

Frank Lisiecki

Frank Lisiecki

Frank Lisiecki

Greetings,

My Dad was a corporal in the United States Army serving for two years in the Korean War. It was a difficult time for him at first as he was not one that would normally have a conscience that would guide him to a career in the service. Once drafted in 1951 he saw what the risk our United States of America was in with threats to our freedom and the rest of the world. He became an exemplary soldier and made it close to the Korean peninsula, but did not see any action there. Stationed for the longest time in Anchorage Alaska, he was often looked up to and offered the opportunity immediately to promoted to the rank of Sargeant after becoming a leading secure escort for transporting court-martialed soldiers to trial. He decided not to take the promotion, but remained a model soldier until his honorable discharge in 1953. Please consider him as a top choice for such a reward in winning a car from Basil. He is an exemplary father who knows how dear our freedom and the United States of America is for safety and justice the world over. The photo I have attached is from a military publication showing him taking care of his boots and bunk before being discharged at Fort Niagara, USA.
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Matthew Muzacz

Matt and his wife are both U.S. (active duty) Army veterans, they have 1 child (under 12) and 1 child on the way (due in the fall 2019). Matt is in school full time working on his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at D’Youville. They have given up a lot in order for him to go back to school and need a new car.
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Christopher Benton

I would like to nominate my husband Christopher. He retired December 31, 2018 as a SSG in the US ARMY. He worked in aviation mostly all of his 24 years in service. He has gone overseas so many times during our 14 years of marriage that we have just started to really have a marriage. He is considered disabled by the VA and has PTSD , along with other health problems. He works every day to keep a roof over our head and to give our daughter the best life possible. He currently drives a used truck that needs some serious work. It would be a true blessing if he won a vehicle.
 
 

Scott Pauley

Scott Pauley

Scott Pauley

Scott could really use something good to happen for him. He served in the gulf war as a Marine and has been sick since. He crushed vertebrae in his neck working on a loading dock over 20 years ago, and is still trying to get disability for that injury from the State. He doesn’t have a car anymore and takes the bus to his Dr’s appointments. He’s a really nice guy in spite of his scary appearance and loves fishing.

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Stanley Lezynski

My father helped me when I was down on my luck and bought me a truck which helped me turn my life around. I wish I could do the same for him in return. He is 86 and a Korean War Vet and my hero.

Mark Burke

Mark Burke

Mark Burke

Nominating my father, Col. Mark Burke, who devoted his life to his country. My father has selflessly served in the US Army for 34 years. He always put his family and soldiers needs before his own. He has never really been recognized for the sacrifices he has made and the accomplishments throughout his long career. He has served overseas and has fought in the Middle East war. Winning a vehicle would be a well deserved thank you for the gift of freedom he has given all of us. He is a great role model and his grandson is following his footsteps- attending his Alma mater- Canisius college and enrolled in ROTC starting this Fall. My father loves Ford vehicles- as he is a big believer in the American car industry. Please consider my father, Col. Mark F. Burke, when selecting the finalists. He is our hero.
 
 

Mark Waller

Mark Waller

Mark Waller

My dad is the most generous person. He is a man who will do anything for anyone. He stops and thanks every veteran or active duty for their service. He never expects anything in return. He continues to show me what true patriotism, selflessness and kindness really are. I am so lucky and honored to be his daughter. There is no better person than he, deserving such a huge gift!
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Steven Fox

My Son-in-law served this country as a dedicated Marine! He was one of the lucky ones to return home! Where he continues to serve as a dedicated husband and father as well as an Orleans County Sheriff! God Bless this great Nation and all our service men and women!❤🙏
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Joseph Eddy

I want to nominate my father Joseph Eddy. He is not only a veteran but he is also the fire chief at his local volunteer fire company. My father has not had the best life to be honest. He has had some set backs from the Army. He is and has been struggling financially. He was just diagnosed with Intestinal Lymphoma, and just had to turn his truck in because he could not afford it. But, through everything he has made sure to provided for my sisters and me and put everyone else before himself. We try to help him out as best as we can but we can only do so much. My father deserves so much more than what he has been handed lately. Please take my father into consideration for this prize, because he needs something in his life to keep him going and to let him know that things will be okay and work out for him. Thank you!
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Michael Uhlrich

Mike has served his country for almost 20 years. He has been deployed 3 times over seas in the Navy. He is now a injured vet in the reserves but still serves his country by helping the wounded warrior project by raising money to help get injured vets a service dog. So far he has raised enough money to get 2 dogs for deserving vets.
 
 

Sam Sacco

Sam Sacco

I am nominating my husband Sam Sacco because he is an amazing man, spectacular father to our toddler son Rowan, wonderful partner, and is absolutely worthy of this type of good fortune. Sam joined the Army freshmen year of college and served for 7 years, one year deployed to Afghanistan. He came back home and had a significantly difficult time readjusting to civilian life which was also mixed in with other major life challenges. Watching someone you love struggle with PTSD is one of the hardest sights to see. Sam persevered in a slow and steady way to rebuild his life, he found art therapy as an effective way to share his experiences in a positive way and painted many pieces depicting military life including the one you see in the photo. After the birth of our son, his PTSD came back very intensely and unexpectedly and because of that we all struggled as a family. Art has come to help him again, this time through a photography project he participates in with other Veterans. He also found working out was a way to channel his stress and anxiety and loved it so much he opened his own gym. Sam often runs workouts that he dedicates to Veterans and encourages others to channel their PTSD struggles into working out. He is an encouraging and motivating coach to everyone he meets. His car, lovingly referred to as “the blue toaster” is barely operating. Everyday i wake up expecting it to combust in our driveway-there is way too many miles on it, no AC, sad tires, a gaping hole in the floorboards, and a gas leak. It’s barely safe to operate and we desperately need him to have a dependable and safe vehicle. Thank you to BASIL for helping our hometown Veterans 🙂
 
 

Patricia Blakesslee

Patricia Blakesslee

My mom is my hero! She retired as a Master Sergeant from the USAF in 2008. After that, she used her GI Bill to put herself back through school at age 40 (with four boys) and earn a teaching degree. She is now a 5th grade teacher that everyone loves. When my mom retired, things were really bad money wise for awhile. She never made it seem like that though. She drives around an old cruddy car and never complains. She deserves an awesome new car. Love, Shawn Blakesslee, her son
 
 

Sargent Larry Judd III

Sargent Larry Judd III

I am recently a dubble amputee and my brothe got me a wheelchair lift for my house. I did ask him he did it with out my knowing. He is a very supportive member of our family like that and thats why im nominating him for a new car
 
 

Gerald Pitonack

Gerald Pitonack

He is a Vietnam veteran who does everything for his family. He works very hard around the house and always takes care of everyone despite his disabilities.
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Gerald Lavelle

Gerald was in Iraq, after losing fellow troops he now suffers from PTSD. After 16 years he couldnt reup and go back to Iraq for another tour of duty. Therefore loosing and pension. Last year he lost his oldest son in a tragic vehicle accident. He is now struggling while working full time with a very I’ll wife who is in need of a lung transplant. While on the way to cleveland clinic their car over heated. A new vehicle would do a lot for him as traveling to doctors and cleveland clinic, he wouldn’t have to worry about missing appointments with his unreliable car. Gerald’s father is also in hospice care. Please help him so he can concentrate on his family and not have all the stress of how to get where he needs to be due to constant vehicle repairs. Gerald is a very deserving person i hope you will consider him for this . Thank you for your consideration.
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Karen Paradowski

I am nominating my twin sister because she recently just retired from the Navy. After 20 years, this is the first time of celebrating our 40th birthday together! What a gift this would be for her. She is always giving to others before herself. She puts everyone else first. She is one who wears her heart on her sleeve. For all the sacrifices and everything she has been through and has done for our country, I think this would be the best gift of giving back to one of our vets! Being a family member of one of our vets, I don’t think people actually understand the full effects our vets go through suffering from PTSD. It’s real and scary. I love my sister, my best friend. I think this would be a great honor for her and a token of appreciation! I thank you for caring and doing this for our military! After her twenty years in the military and traveling the world, I didn’t think she would move back home but she did! How nice would that be for her to get the chance at a new car! What a nice welcome home gift!!
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Darryl Gozdan

Darryl is a Veteran of the Vietnam Era. His only income is a small pension from the Veterans Administration. He is in desperate need of a vehicle. He lives alone and has no immediate family. He lives a spartan existence and does not smoke or drink. He does not have cable service or a smartphone. He utilizes the computers at the VA Hospital to search for work that he can do, however, any income he receives would result in a deduction from his pension. He suffered a heart attack a few years ago and was treated at the VA Hospital. A cardiologist there inserted stents in his coronary arteries to relieve his ischemia. He receives treatment at the VA at no cost because of his modest income. Darryl is a member of Chapter 77, Vietnam Veterans of America and the 82nd Airborne Association. He was previously employed as a security guard and also worked for an armored car company. Darryl receives monthly assistance from the Chapter 77 food pantry. We also distribute Tops gift cards to needy Veterans and their families to buy fresh meat produce and dairy items. Darryl also participates in this part of our program. I believe that Darryl is a worthy candidate for the Basil Dealerships cars for Vets program
 
 

Terrance Segars

Terrance Segars

I am nominating my brother in-law because he proudly served our country in the United States Army and while away leaving behind his wife & 4 kids he returned to a broken home, I know this is a sad but familiar story! His wife grew tired and challenged while he was away and family issues evolved leaving a strain on their marriage. Terrance kept his resolve and has tried to keep his family together, finding work with the Erie County Sheriffs Correctional Facility where he continues to serve our community! During his struggles he’s suffered some health issues which hasn’t been fully determined but has a possibility of being related to his service with the military. His most recent bout came during last Christmas season were Terrance was supposed to accompany the family to Florida for a planned Christmas vacation to Disney World instead he found himself struggling for his life stranded inside a VA hospital room forced out of work and falling severely behind on housing and car payments almost losing both! He again has persevered and pulled through tough times still struggling on many accounts but not crying out for handouts, instead plowing forward with life’s challenges both with health and finances! To have a chance at winning this car would allow him a chance to remove a portion of his financial struggles he’s currently facing, and I hope he gets a chance to be on stage come August for a chance of some relief, and change of luck/blessing to fall upon him!

Thank you guys for giving whomever prevails such a opportunity!

Brad Pitts & Family

Tonya (Andres) Flickinger

Tonya (Andres) Flickinger

I like to nominate my incredible daughter Tonya Flickinger .
After her time served in the Army she continues to serve for community .
She’s a working Mom whose on the go with her four kids and many of Their friends.
Endless hours spent on being Girl Scout Leader , Girl Scout neighborhood director and devoted volunteer for her church. No is not in Tonya’s vocabulary when it comes to helping people.
Falling on hard times Tonya could use a new car. And she truly deserves this nomination .
 
 

Garrett Slawatycki

Garrett Slawatycki

I would like to nominate my son Garrett Slawatycki for the 2019 Vehicles for Vets. Garrett is a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and a decorated Iraq War Veteran. Garrett grew up in Western NY in Attica, and joined the Marines right out of high school. I am a Veteran and so was his Grandfather, Uncle and Great Uncle so it seemed a natural progression. Garrett turned 18 in boot camp a couple days before the fateful day of 9/11. He has always helped his family, friends, neighbors, co- workers, and strangers so I knew whatever the service threw at him he’d be able to handle. He was shot by friendly and enemy fire, and even when wounded refused to leave his troops. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Marine Corps Medal with “V” for Valor ; Combat Action Ribbon among others. Garrett currently resides in Cheektowaga and continues to serve his community. He is married and has two young daughters. He drives an older pick up that he continues to put money into so it would be great if he won a new vehicle.
Thank you for your consideration of my nomination.
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Gerald Lavelle
My brother is a 16 year veteran who also served in Iraq and suffers from PTSD. He was not able to reup to serve the required years to receive a military pension because of the PTSD. His wife has lung disease and has to travel to and from the Cleveland Clinic for a lung transplant. He needs a reliable vehicle to travel to and from appointments and work. His current vehicle continues to breakdown adding more stress to a difficult situation. Our father is also under Hospice care and he stops to see him on his way home from work. His eldest son, who was also a veteran was killed in a motorcycle accident 1 year ago this month. Please help my brother and his family it would mean so much.
 
 

George Kurtz

George Kurtz

George Kurtz

My husband served for over 27 years on the Marine Corps, and has even donated his time for several years in the Toys for Tots program, and with the Basil family with their programs. Just recently his car blew an engine, and now he has no means of getting around, which is hard for him and his family.
 
 

James Spano

James Spano

74 year old Army, Vietnam War Veteran, Bronze Star recipient, in need of a new car.
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Ahmed Elahrag

Ahmed has served 3yrs in the army. Has been the ultimate American dream story. Ist American generation the only one Yemeni American to complete his term and get married and has 5 beautiful children. Till today he serves his country as a state worker helping and guiding people who have nothing or the people that have dreams to achieve their goals. A true American story. Always putting country first. God bless America!
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

George Boes, Jr.

George was a mechanic in the US Army. He is the owner of George Boes Watch Repair and Jeweler in Lockport, NY. He is a hardworker and would be honored to have a brand new vehicle!
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Francesco Torcasio

My son has devoted his life to the military, while away in Afghanistan his daughter Ella was born. When he is home he finds time to take care of his nana & papa that are in there 70, he just lost his papa, but still stays strong to take care of his family, and devoted to the military.
 
 

David Sullivan

David Sullivan

He is my father. He is a wounded vet who received the purple heart badge. He was in the Gulf War. He is the strongest man I’ve ever met and will ever know. I love him to pieces. He deserves something nice for himself, all he does is give for everyone else.
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Jeffery Austin

Deserves a new vehicle.
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

John Dale

His family is very proud of his service and believes he is deserving of a new vehicle.
 
 

Eric Kraft

Eric Kraft

I am nominating my brother in law Eric. He was diagnosed with Mitochondrial disease about 6 years ago. This disease makes him have less energy throughout the day. He was a hard working guy in the automotive field. Once he was diagnosed, it was determined that he couldn’t work anymore. He has always been a strong individual who has always provided for his family. It took a toll on his mental and physical well being. It’s not easy when you go from working 11 hr days to not being able to work at all due to a sickness, that he did not ask for. He has two beautiful daughters at home that he takes care of all day while my sister works a full time job. And although there are some days when he has no energy, due to his disease, he still gets out and plays with his daughters. He is always willing to help my mom, his mother in law, with projects, if he can. Sometimes his energy is so depleted that he has to sleep and just rest. I am nominating him because he is such a strong individual. He has a great outlook on life, even though life has dealt him with Mitochondrial disease.
 
 

Christopher Cercy

Christopher Cercy

My husband is the sweetest most kindhearted man. He is always making people laugh and encouraging them toward a better future. He has an heart to help others and will help at a drop of a hat. Having a car will help him to support our family, encourage stability and help us grow.
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Thomas Altmeyer

Thomas Altmeyer is a gulf war veteran, who helps so many in the community. His dedication to his fellow veterans is an inspiration.
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Dareen Ziemba

My brother served in Dessert Storm/Dessert shield. He’s always put his family first. They’ve had bad luck starting 20 yrs ago when they lost triplets. In the last month his wife lost her job, father in-laws cancer came back and an unexpected death in the family. The oldest heads to college in August, which is a big accomplishment for her. Except for the fact that they need to come up with 8000.00 by Aug. 15. Which is impossible now with 1 income. I feel they are so deserving of some good news and a new car would definitely help out. It would be nice to see 1 of my favorite brothers get some good news. Please pick him. Thank you.
 
 

Mallissa Nuse

Mallissa Nuse

Mallissa Nuse had the dream of joining the military early in life. Once she graduated from high school, she applied to the army with the hopes of being deployed. She had a strong desire to fight for what those before her had sacrificed to make our home the land of the free.
When Mallissa first applied to the Army, she was denied entry due to not meeting their weight requirements. She took that news very seriously and spent the next year losing weight and toning, with full intentions of being able to follow her dream.
Just over a year from her first attempt at entry into the Army, she had made such a personal transformation that when she reapplied, she was given the opportunity to enlist in the Army.
The day of her enlistment, she called her mom and told her, “I made it. I’ll see you in 6 months.” Just a short time after her enlistment, Mallissa boarded a bus headed to San Antonio, Texas for Boot Camp. Her dad had passed away when she was 13, and she purposely didn’t tell her mom she was attempting re-enlistment with imminent deployment to San Antonio to save her mom the worries and tears of a good-bye.
While in San Antonio, Mallissa excelled at being a soldier. She believed in what she’d been fighting for and protecting with her very being.
While as a civilian, Mallissa had been active as an EMT with her local voluntary fire department for several years. Helping people in need or crisis is who she is. So, while in San Antonio, Mallissa chose her Military Occupational Specialty Code (MOS) training to become a Combat Medic.
She was able to enroll in the Army’s MOS Combat Medic school and again excelled. Combat Medic Specialist (68 Whiskey) training is extremely difficult. It requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 16 weeks of Advanced Individual training, which also includes practice in patient care, and is known to have a high drop-out rate due to its difficulty.
During her Combat Medic training, Mallissa received a notification that her mom had been diagnosed with stage 4 uterine cancer that had metastasized to her lymphatic system. She was told her mom would require a very precise and complicated surgery to remove a lymph node near a major vessel in her neck, followed by extensive chemotherapy.
The Army allowed Mallissa leave for 24 hours. She flew from San Antonio, Texas to Buffalo, NY and then drove to her mom’s house 1 ½ hours away to be able to see her just before her surgery…all at her own expense.
Upon returning to San Antonio and resuming her Combat Medic training, Mallissa learned her mom’s life-threatening surgery was scheduled on the same day as her Medic final. She completed her Combat Medic final and PASSED!! She proudly became a 68 Whiskey Doc.
Passing that final was the beginning of a lot of soul searching. She wanted so badly to embark on a life-long military career, and to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan to be able to render emergency care as she was trained, to make sure none of her “brother’s or sister’s” were ever left behind. She also had to face that her mom, who made it out of that life-threatening surgery a survivor, still had a long road of intensive chemotherapy ahead of her although she lived alone.
Mallissa made the hardest decision of her life and decided to transfer from the ability to pursue Army Active Duty to the Army National Guard. The National Guard had a unit that was close to where her mom lived, which enabled her to continue her military dreams AND care for her mom.
While in the Army National Guard, Mallissa continued her service as a Combat Medic. She also had to decide on a civilian career in addition to her Guard duties. Mallissa resumed her involvement with the Ashville Volunteer Fire Department and was hired at a paid ambulance service where she was able to continue using her acquired medical knowledge and training working in a civilian position.
Mallissa continued this intensive journey until she was Honorably Discharged from the Army National Guard in 2013. She continued caring for her mom, being her primary care provider, until she passed away February 2016 and continued working full-time as an EMT for the ambulance service. Mallissa has always put others needs before her own.
However, in 2014, Mallissa had to consider her own need of obtaining a reliable vehicle to get back and forth to all her obligations. Her battered truck had over 100,000 miles on it. She had done as many repairs as she was able to do on her own, but it just wasn’t going to be reliable- monetarily or mechanically- much longer. So, in 2014, she purchased a used 2008 truck that would reliably get her everywhere she needed to go. It was 4WD and had the capacity to transport all of her fire gear.
All was going as planned until, yet another hurdle was presented in her path. In late 2014, Mallissa sustained a back injury that required two spinal fusion surgeries. She’s been out of work healing and strengthening for the last four years and has just recently received the medical clearance from her surgeon to return to work!
Through all Mallissa’s trials and tribulations, trips to work, to care for her mom, to her back surgeon, hospitalizations, follow-up appointments and all those other “normal” errands, her 2008 truck has seen her through. Her truck is paid in full but has been “nickel and diming” her for a long time. She’s replaced several significant parts that stopped working or needed replaced for safety. She’s dealt with electrical problems, and with a body that’s so full of rust, pieces keep disappearing. She’s put over 100,000 miles on her truck, continues to keep the interior clean and still takes pride in the vehicle that’s provided her so much.
Recently, Mallissa’s truck has started to ask her for an Honorable Discharge… Sometimes it won’t start, sometimes she can get to her destination only to be stranded for a prolonged period, trying to get her truck started again so she can try to safely make it home.
I am honored to nominate Mallissa Nuse for your Vehicles for Vets Giveaway. She is a humble human being, a very deserving Veteran, has such a passion for our country, with the values and ethics the United States of America stands for. She is a Veteran who, at one point in her life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America” for an amount of “up to and including” her life.
 
 

Nathan Timblin

Nathan Timblin

Nathan hasnt had a vehicle in almost 4 years. My son suffers a lot from pain, PTSD, anxiety and more. He was 19years old when he went to Iraq in 2005. He was wounded several times and was awarded several Purple Heart medals. His service dog Findley is whats keeping him afloat. The pain gets to him, for the past several years Nathan moved back home to help take care of his mother and grandmother. He hates having to depend on others, for things like borrowing my vehicle. I think if you award him with a vehicle that it would lift his spirits and take his service dog out driving together. Hes had a very rough patch lately both physically and mentally. He’s lost so much and so young, he needs something good to happen for him. Hes a good person and a great Marine. Please Consider my son Nathan Troy Timblin.
 
 

Andre Simmons

Andre Simmons

Andre is the most deserving person I can think of. After serving his country in both the army and the air force, he continued to serve in his community as a patrol officer with the Buffalo Special Police some years back, and now as a bus operator with NFTA Metro Bus. Andre continues to give and not take and doesn’t give a second thought about it. There is not one person on God’s green earth that can say anything bad about him. Andre has so many talents but has so little to show for them. I have never seen anyone give their absolute last to a perfect stranger until I have witnessed Andre do this in person. Just the other night when I picked him up from work at the bus garage (he is the last bus in for the night right now) he asked me if I minded going back to the Utica Station to give a stranger a ride home. This stranger had gotten on the wrong bus and had to go to North Buffalo/Kenmore area. We did take him.
 
 

Jeffrey Daege

Jeffrey Daege

I would like to tell you a little about a man who I consider to be one of my closest friends. A man that loves his family and would do absolutely anything for them. He is a man that every other man should strive to be.
Jeff joined the military in 1993. He served 8 years in the Army as a military police officer. He served in Bosnia from August 1999 to the following April of 2000.
Prior to joining the army, Jeff joined the Firehall in 1989 at the age of 16. He has actively be a fireman for 30 years between Eggertsville and Getsville fire departments
Jeff has one of the biggest hearts and would do anything for his family and community. Even though he is no longer active in the army, his pride for his service, country, and community shows in his everyday life
Jeff would do anything for anyone he knows. his friendship means the world to me and I wanted to do something for him to show that.
So I would like to nominate Jeff for the basil cars vehicles for vets. He is so deserving of this!
 
 

David Harris

David Harris

(David is in the front row. He has a beard and a black shirt.)
I am nominating my brother as a veteran of the Coast Guard. He has worked hard to raise 6 children, enjoys 13 grandchildren and needs a reliable car. He is undergoing cancer treatment for the second time in 22 years. He is just a good guy.
 
 

Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson

Dustin is my son. He is a U.S. Navy veteran. He is almost 25 years old. He left our house May 1st to attempt to be the very first American to run all the way around the world. He ran from Lambert, Mo to Myrtle Beach, 930 miles. He is in South America right now running. This journey is about 600 days and 16, 300 miles. He Hope’s to be home Christmas 2020. He has a blog racearoundtheworld.run and a Facebook page Dustin Johnson World Record Run. Go join it and follow his journey.

January 20th of this year. Dustin had a house fire. He lost everything he owned including his brand new motorcycle. When he gets back he will not have a vehicle. This would be amazing for him!!

Did I mention his reason why?? He wants to bring positive Awareness to military and veterans suicide. He Hope’s to help break the stigma!!
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Gregg Donner

I dont know how to describe Gregg. He is a private person. He tries hard at everything he does. He is a wonderful person and a great father. He is proud to be a veteran. He would be honored to have a new car.
 
 

Ryan Clark

Ryan Clark

I am nominating my friend, Ryan Clark. Ryan is not only a Veteran, but he is literally Captain America! Ryan spends his free time volunteering with the Superhero Alliance dressed in costume as Captain Steve Rogers from Marvel Comics. The Superhero Alliance is a local nonprofit organization that makes costumed appearances as Superheroes for worthy causes. From Bisons Superhero Night to monthly visits at Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Ryan is always ready to bring smiles to faces both young and old. Please consider Ryan for the contest. A new set of wheels would really help him make it out to Charitable Events all over Western New York!
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Nicholas Barbalate

Hes a very hardworking individual. Always there for his family. He served in Afghanistan in the Marine Corps.
 
 

Michael Ruckdaschel

Michael Ruckdaschel

My husband started his military career in the ROTC program through the University at Buffalo. He then went on to serve four years in the Army, eventually promoting to Captain. He spent 15 months in Iraq in what was referred to at the time as the “Triangle of Death”. He left the military back in 2009 to pursue a career in law enforcement. He is passionate about serving his country and has now continued to serve his community as a police officer. He has made so many sacrifices for our country and family. He is a simple man that currently drives a 2001 Honda CRV! I know he would love a new car from Basil!!
 
 

George Ross

George Ross

I would like to nominate George Ross. He has served his country and his community with honor and pride. He was awarded the distinguished Veteran of the month for December 2018 by NYS Senator Chris Jacobs. After the Vietnam War he continued in the military for 15 years. He has driven his truck in numerous parades around this area and could use a new vehicle since he is one of those people who selflessly does things for others and never puts himself first. Thank you for this opportunity.
 
 

Jeffery Gramlich

Jeffery Gramlich

My son Jeff joined the Marines after 9/11. He served 2 tours , one to Afghanistan and the other in Iraq. He went to college after serving and accomplished obtaining his Bachelors and Masters degree. During this time he advocated for his fellow veterans. While battling his own struggle with PTSD, he opened up his own personal conflict in “Soldiers Stories” by Jennifer Karady to help others and make people aware of the daily battle with PTSD. To this day he works daily to advocate for the veterans from all wars. Many times he is asked to speak at different events to help people understand the battles veterans still face today after serving in different conflicts. He does this on his own free time and his dedication is selfless. He works for the VA trying to assist veterans and their claims. Often times he visits the veterans at the VA, to thank them from one vet to another vet. It would be nice to be able to give back to him, as he gives himself and his time to so many. I am proud of who he is and what he does for the veteran community.
 
 

Raymond Barlow Sr.

Raymond Barlow Sr.

I nominate Raymond, I love him so much, he also helps this country too, and he been a taxi for us 3 kids and we all move on and he still helps out a lot of people and he also helps out his grandkids to, He is an amazing person!
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Joe Belli

He is an older veteran who is proud and served our country with everything he has. He is a disabled veteran who still tries to work for his family and farm his small parcel of land. He was a mechanic in the army and was drafted. He left everyone and came back alone to a place that didn’t support him.
 
 

George Ross

George Ross

he served in the army 15 yrs and this past January he was awarded veteran of the month by senator Jacobs. he has served his country and community all his life. he belongs to Evans Center Vol. fire Inc. serving a lieutenant fire policeman. for 43 yrs he has taught school children the history of the American Flag. His flag displays are known throughout Cheektowaga, Sloan and presently Angola N.Y. George goes out of his way to help the senior citizens in his community even with his bad hip, he is a very giving person and loves to make people smile. I feel he deserves to win a new vehicle for all he has given to others in life.
 
 

Craig Donovan

Craig Donovan

Craig Donovan was a Marine. Growing up in Williamsville, Craig was a standout at Williamsville East in Football, played college ball at Canisius and then joined the Marine Corp. Life was going well for him until about 12 years ago, just two weeks after his daughter was born he received the news that he was diagnosed with stage 4 Esophageal cancer. With only a 10% chance of survival, Craig battled the disease and for the past 11 years, he is a survivor of stage 4 esophageal cancer. Unfortunately, his cancer has returned and is now facing a struggle including; bone cancer, lung cancer and has been giving a couple of years to live. He is my godchild. Always a fighter, Craig has been forced to give up his employment and he and his family struggle to make ends meet. A little bit of happiness is what I hope to bring him – and, perhaps through this small gesture, this might give him hope for his continued fight for cancer too! – By the way – should he win – I forfeit the $1000…. give it to him!
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Arthur Vanderbush

Art has spent alot of his time helping other vets at va hospital running bingo providing other activities recruiting bands and also different organizations VFW,AMVETS, AMERICAN LEGION. Has been a commander at different post in the Hamburg area. He cares a great deal about AMERICA, Graduate from West Point engineer in the Army. Art has been married for 51years likes to travel the vehicle he has over 250,000 miles not doing to well he can’t afford a new car please try to help him out he definitely deserves it Thank You.
 
 

Dan Jaquith

Dan Jaquith

My dad is a Vietnam Veteran and is so deserving of a new car. He currently drives a 2008 Toyota but was recently in a car accident which is most likely going to result in the totaling of his vehicle. He is so selfless and is always providing others rides to doctor’s appointments, sometimes driving from Jamestown to Buffalo multiple times per month. He’s had some tough breaks through his life struggling with PTSD from war and later alcohol addiction and has overcome it all. He’s and awesome guy that would do anything for anybody and always comes to my rescue when I need him.
If I could afford to buy him one I would do it in a heartbeat but since I can’t
I truly hope you consider him for such an awesome gift.
 
 

Elizabeth Sawin

Elizabeth Sawin

Elizabeth Sawin is a disabled veteran who is always putting others first. Key word she is disabled. This does not get in the way of things for her as she tries not to allow it. she is always in constant pain from what i can see, but this still does not stop her. Beth drives her other disabled vets back and fourth from the VA hospital in buffalo. she is caring for Beth is always there whenever needed, even if its for her to come over and set up for a garage sale. She is constantly putting the strain on her body for the intent to help others. Even if she does not win Vehicles for Vets contest, i want it known her deeds and heart for others dont go unnoticed.
 
 

Caleb Gaudy

Caleb Gaudy

I am nominating my husband, Caleb Gaudy, for the Vehicles for Vets giveaway. Caleb is an Air Force veteran and is considered 80% disabled due to a back injury during his service. He is so proud of his service to our country and is a wonderful husband and father. In May of 2020, Caleb will graduate from UB with a Master’s degree in Social Work. He is an extremely hard worker and is currently enrolled in the Advanced Standing master’s program at UB. He balances life as a student while being a supportive and loving husband to me, and dad for our one year old son. Caleb is also a very talented guitar player and plays on our church’s worship team. Music brought us together years ago and remains as one of our favorite family past times. Just recently, Caleb’s car broke and he no longer has his own vehicle to commute to and from school. I cannot think of a person more deserving of this…he has poured out so much of himself and deserves to have something special of his own in return!
 
 

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Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Gary Hamill

My husband never asks for anything. He goes without to make sure me and our household is taken care of. He’s never had a new vehicle. We’ve went months without one and had to rely on others to get around. He has proudly served his country during Vietnam. He came back with no welcome home. A reliable vehicle to get to the Buffalo VA for appointments would ease his stress.
 
 

Vinny Torres

Vinny Torres

I am nominating Vinny because he is one of the kindest, strongest, and most selfless person – a true patriot.
This past year has been incredibly difficult for Vinny and his family. His wife gave birth to their fourth child, a sweet baby girl named Amelia, while Vinny was deployed overseas in 2018. He met Amelia at the age of 7 months, when he returned home for the funeral of his wife’s mother.
Only a short time later, baby Amelia was diagnosed with a very aggressive brain tumor and passed away in February 2019. Recently, the family vehicle was totaled in a car accident, and Vinny is also recovering from surgery.
No matter what happens, he keeps a strong and positive attitude and is always helping those around him. I would love to see this deserving family blessed with a new vehicle!
 
 

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Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Donald Smith

IM NOMINATING MY FATHER HE NEEDS A NEW VECHICLE TO DRIVE.HE TRAVELS ALOT AND COULD USE THE VEHICLE
 
 

Arnold Breaux

Arnold Breaux

I am nominating my Uncle who was in the army for 6 years, served in Afghanistan for 1 year.

My uncle and his wife and 4 children (ranging from 16- 9 months) have been having a hard time with adjusting to civilian life since getting discharged from the military. After he was discharged he was going to College full time and the military was paying for his rent. After he was done with college it took him 3 weeks to find a job and by that time the bills were behind and they were going to get evicted, they used their Security Deposit to move his family to New York where he had the opportunity to help a senior citizen named Ronald Button who lived on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation. This was a live-in situation, and Mr. Button was kind enough to to allow my Uncle and his family to live with him while my Uncle was taking care of him. Unfortunately in January of 2019, Mr. button passed away and my Uncle and his family were forced to take what they could carry themselves of their belongings and leave Mr. Button’s house, and they were homeless. All their stuff got taken from them the day after they were kicked out of Mr. Buttons house, 13 years worth of belongings, all their children’s clothes and toys, the furniture, ect. Also the vehicle they had was taken away after Mr. Button’s passing because he had been kind enough to put his name on the vehicle.

My Aunt took them in on a temporary basis until they could find a place of their own. My Aunt is recovering from a brain tumor and it is stressful for her having so many people in her house because she is the type of person that she takes care of everyone. My uncle is having a hard time moving out of there because he has no transportation to get a job to help his family out of this situation. He has also reached out to the Veterans Administration in New York for assistance, but he was told he is not eligible for help at this time because they currently “have a roof over their heads”.

They have no where else to go, and no one else to help them, they do not qualify for any government assistance to help them get out of the situation they are in, and soon will be homeless again because my Aunt cant have his whole family there for much longer due to her medical issues. Having a vehicle would help them get out of this situation, my Uncle would be able to go to work and provide for his family and get his own place.

I do believe that this Veteran (my uncle) deserves this the most. He is trying hard to make sure his family is taken care of, and he keeps getting told that he cant get help. All he wants is to make sure his family is taken care of.
 
 

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Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Francisco Delgado

My husband got out of the marines in 2015 & has been going to school since ! I was in the navy and he stayed in cali with me before we got married then moved to my home town of buffalo when I separated from the navy this last may . He does everything he can to help support our family and helping watch our kids while i go to school ! Hes the best guy i know!
 
 

Mary Lesnick

Mary Lesnick

Michelle Lesnick graduated boot camp at Ft Jackson and went on to Ft Hucacca Az. ,,,She was hurt ,, and since that time has struggled with PTSD .. She tryes soo hard and doesent give up and she so much deserves it . Thank you . My daughter is on the right in the picture
 
 

Dwight King

Dwight King

This is my husband Dwight King. He is a veteran from the US Army. He recently retired, and on his last day returning to Buffalo NY he was in a bad car accident and totalled our car. My husband worked so hard to provide for our family and the accident is hitting him hard. He is a wonderful father of our 8year old and 8month old boys! Dwight served a few years in the army, and almost a year in Afghanistan while I planned our wedding and also had our baby. It was so hard but I know my husband wouldn’t have changed anything. He enjoyed serving our country and put his whole life on the line to provide to us at home. I thank all the vets and current service men and women, you are all greatly appreciated!
 
 

Ricky Diaz

Ricky Diaz

I would like to nominate my son Ricky Diaz, age 39 he served 13 yrs in US Army, Specialist. My son is needs vehicle he walks to work and take buses to all his appointments, vehicle will be blessing, currently his working on seeing his children’s with vehicle he can see and spend time with his childrens. My son is wonderful, caring man he love his family & his two beautiful children’s. Ricky dealing with his health & (PTSD).
 
 

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Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Christopher Mueller

Because my husband has served this country since 1981. NEVER asking for anything in return. He gives so much of himself to others. He always made sure I had a safe, reliable vehicle to drive. He has not had a new vehicle since his return from Iraq in 2005. I feel it is now his turn.
 
 

Allen Jeffords

Allen Jeffords

Im nominating my father allen jeffords, hes 71 yrs old and spent more then 20 yrs in the army. Hes served his country and still gets up and goes to work every day besides watching his grand kids everyday…hes never asked for anything in return, doesnt get help from va, has been denied multiple times. I think it would be nice to give something back and let him no he is appreciated.
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Seth Jenkins

he served 4 tours to iraq getting blown up by ieds a total of 10 times and was also deployed to afghanistan and was shot in the leg and medically retired due to the injuries that was suffered.
 
 

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Steven Moroz

Because they did a good job serving our Country and now he is in need of a car and hasant the money to purchace one and needs wheels to get to his DR appointments.
 
 

Dale Comella

Dale Comella

My sister, Dale, served nearly 9 years in the active duty Army as a Medic. She served one tour in South Korea and one tour in Iraq. Dale has four children, two girls and two boys, ages: 6,7,11 & 12, the oldest of which has down syndrome. The family’s Louisiana home flooded with four feet of water in August 2016, which resulted in a total loss of their material possessions, including four personal vehicles, one work vehicle, a travel trailer and all of the home’s contents. She and her husband purchased two vehicles as replacements, but the family minivan was rear-ended and totaled in December 2017, leading to the purchase of a less valuable replacement vehicle to help alleviate the continued financial strain.
The ongoing emotional trauma and financial loss associated with the flood led to a separation, pending divorce, between Dale and her husband, which brought her back to her hometown of Buffalo last summer to start over again. She is now raising her children as a single mom with no financial support from the children’s father and minimal income due to the time constraints of the children’s school schedule.
Dale’s vehicle survived its first Buffalo winter, which resulted in a few costly repairs, but due to the divorce, she is required to drive to Kentucky multiple times throughout the year to reunite the children with their father. Additionally, Dale participates in a food conservation program for WNY families with special needs children. The group collects groceries from local markets in an effort to conserve them and distribute them to special needs families, rather than allowing the food to go to waste. This puts hours of extra miles on her vehicle each weekend. In the Fall, she will begin a 2-year school program, which will add an additional hour and a half commute to her day. I would love for her to be afforded this opportunity to win a vehicle from Basil. She deserves to have the peace of mind that her children can ride in a safe, reliable vehicle for years to come, which will allow her to put more income towards the needs of her children.
Dale has given selflessly to her children and friends and desires nothing more than to continue to give to those in need. This opportunity would allow her more financial freedom to provide service to her community in any way possible. Since coming back home, she has had multiple appointments with the Veterans One-stop Center of WNY, to get her affairs in order locally. The convenience of the one-stop center allowed her to make multiple appointments, which were available immediately and provided her with more assistance and information than she had anticipated. All of the employees at the WNY one-stop were extremely considerate of her time and needs and even gave her the emotional encouragement to remain resilient while she re-establishes a firm foundation for her children.
Thank you to Basil and Veteran’s One-stop of WNY for making this opportunity possible for our local vets!
 
 

Todd Smith

Todd Smith

Todd served 10 years in the marine corps and did 4 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now that he is home he has multiple health issues that he is dealing with. Along with his wife of. 14 years he has 5 children ages 4 months, 4, 6, 10 & 12. They are in desperate need of a saver vehicle. He currently cannot work or drive due to his health issues. As his mother in law I try to help out as much possible but there are times that I cannot drive him to his appointments and his wife must load up all the children and take them. Todd is a very loving and carrying young man that cares about his family deeply. He lives over an hour away from where he needs to go to get his monthly infusions. I would appreciate Todd being considered. He has sacrificed a lot during his military service including the loss of not being home during the birth of 1 of his children and the loss of not being able to support his wife during 2 second term pregnancy losses. Thank you for continued support for our vets.
 
 

Daniel Ryan

Daniel Ryan

I would like to nominate a veteran who I think is AMAZING and more than deserving of an award. There are so many young men and woman that see, do, hurt, and have more heartache than anyone of us will ever! This special YOUNG man has risen through the ranks quickly. He has been deployed 4 times between Haiti, Iraq, and Afghanistan. When he is not deployed, he is always in a new school to learn and challenge himself. He has laughed, cried, sadly been by the side of brothers who have given the ultimate sacrifice, and he still continues to push on to honor them and his country. He has jumped out of planes, swam in swaps, climbed mountains, and lived in the desert, and gone without sleep and food for days. I could go on and on. He does not want recognition, a pat on the back or anything. He feels this is his duty. He is doing what he is supposed to be doing. I however feel different. I feel he deserves more than what we can give. I hold the military in such high respect more now than ever in my life because of this young man. I have been able, first hand, to meet and see how husbands, wives, and friends have to leave their families for deployment, schooling and risk their lives for the safety of our country. Daniel and his wife have been in Germany for two years. They had their first child there and the family has not met him yet. I am proud and honored to nominate Sergeant First Class Daniel Ryan.”
 
 

Tyler Woleben

Tyler Woleben

We are impressed by the way he treats others. He has worked on our vehicles an will not take any money for parts or his time. He visit us an his Grandmother’s every weekend. His vehicle needs repairs. He goes from NY to PA for these visits. He also just purchased an old truck but it needs extensive repairs as well. He certainly is deserving candidate for this an can use some good luck.we want to donate the 1 ths towards the tax on a vehicle should he win. Helps us with our Big Dog Thor who loves him as well just an Awesome Marine Vet.
 
 

Patrick Whitney

Patrick Whitney

I would like to nominate my co-worker Patrick Whitney. Patrick joined the army right out of High School in 2004. He was deployed to Iraq from 2005-2006 in the 4Th ID,3Rd Brigade combat team. He operated in intelligence as a forward observer. He saw action in Baghdad, Ramadi, Baqubah, Balad and Fallujah as a 50 caliber gunner on a Humvee. He also spotted targets for air strikes. Patrick has been through 8 IED (improvised explosive devices) explosions and suffered multiple concussions. The eighth blast put Patrick in a coma for one week. As a result he suffered a traumatic brain injury, post concussive syndrome, PTSD, hearing loss, back and knee injuries. He spent 13 months re-learning life skills including speech, motor functions, memory, and physical rehab. Patrick was awarded the Purple Heart for his injuries. He returned home in 2008 and has since married his wife Alonna. They also have a daughter Willa.
Patrick currently commutes 70 miles from Brockport to Buffalo each day for work. He has had to drive his wife’s car because his truck is in desperate need of repair, and he could not keep driving it to work. Unfortunately, their car just died the other day, so they are in great need of a vehicle. I can’t think of a more deserving person than Patrick. He is very humble, a hard worker, and a true American Patriot.
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

John Jarocinski

John served his country in southeast asia in july of 1964-july of 1965.
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Mike Kist

Mike was a Vet. in the Air Force, He is a hard working person but he can not work because of his back issues, lung cancer and leg problems. He needs a new vehicle because his vehicle is older and breaking down, he needs a reliable to go to his doctors.
 
 

Lawrence Held

Lawrence Held

Larry has served 26 years in the US Army & US Navy. He is also a member of the American Legion for 26 years plus Am Vets,TREA & Catholic War Vet. He is now retired from the military.
 
 

Jason Kurtz

Jason Kurtz

This is a great guy who served our country without questioning or expectations. He joined as a very young man, saw many atrocities, and exited a man. He is a humble guy who expects nothing for his service. He is just plain proud to be a Marine !
 
 

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Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Roger Strade

I want to nominate my dad because there is no one that both deserves it and needs it more than he does right now. He proudly served in Desert Storm and since his return, before I was born, he has struggled with PTSD, depression, a back injury, chronic kidney stones and many other health issues. That hasn’t stopped him from being an amazing Dad to myself and my brother Travis.
It’s been hard at times, his employment has been impacted by his disability and I know he feels bad that my mom has always had to work really hard, and that we couldn’t always go on fancy vacations (though my parents always tried to make sure we had fun no matter what we did)or drive a new car. My dad hasn’t had a new car ever in his life that I know of and currently drives a vehicle that is from the year my brother was born, 2001.
My dad has tried to give to the community when he can, he volunteered to drive the support vehicle for our friend Josh Geartz (another Veteran) who did a 422 for 22 wheelchair ride to bring awareness to the 22 veterans who commit suicide every day.
What makes it extra important right now, is that his vehicle is falling apart, he is struggling to keep it on the road and our family is experiencing additional struggles.
My little brother Travis suffered a spontaneous epidural hematoma resulting in a spinal cord injury back in April and has been hospitalized ever since. He just turned 18, and is now paralyzed from the ribs down. My mom lives at the hospital with him, because with only one reliable car (because his can’t make the trip) , she can’t really drive back and forth and my Dad drives back and forth to Strong Memorial Hospital where they are almost every day.
When he gets discharged, we need to know my Dad will have a reliable vehicle, preferably one we can eventually have adapted to accommodate my brother’s wheelchair.
If know this sounds like a lot, but I wanted you to know about him. He could really, really use a break. Our whole family could.
I couldn’t add a picture because I’m using the computer at the hospital and it doesn’t let me upload but I’d be happy to email one if that would help.
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Frank Rosario

Frank Rosario spent time touring Okinawa, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam in 1971. He was a driver for the colonel in the United States Marine Corps. Upon his arrival to the United States, he married his wife and had a baby girl. Shortly thereafter, his wife was diagnosed with cancer and soon passed away. Frank was left to raise their 5 year old daughter Rebecca as a single father. Frank was a good individual and I believe he deserves something special in his life to reward him for his honorable actions.
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Kim Foster

I decided to nominate myself,because i been without transportation for 6 years or more. I am tried of getting the bus, waiting on others to take you were you need to go. Also I am unable to afford a car note. My grand children live in the falls, which i would like to see every weekend,but getting the bus is every tried.
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Steve Krauss

He joined the navy at 18 and has had not the best of luck with anything for a while now. Can’t catch a break in life
 
 

Samuel Moncada

Samuel Moncada

Samuel joined the army immediately after the attack on 9/11. 18 years later, he has been to Syria, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq numerous times. We have lived in 6 different states. He has dedicated his life to serving his country and has never done anything for himself. Needless to say, it hasn’t been easy. His career has left scars. Not being sure if he will be able to make it to retirement is weighing heavy on him as a sole provider. He’s given everything for his country and his family so it would mean so much if he could be considered.
 
 

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

John Zielinski

John is anavy veterern who served in the bay of pigs. he lives in a people inc bldg. his car actually caught on fire at the Bldg’ he always helps everyone and is constantly cooking for all’ he would always drive everyone to shopping etc’ he is always has a kind word for all and is a former dance teacher’ just a pleasure to be around’ a car would make him a true marvel’ what a lift this would be’
 
 

Jeffrey Nelson

Jeffrey Nelson

My husband served active duty in the US Air Force for 5 years in Minot, ND. During his time, he volunteered for the Honor Guard, which is a highly respected program of men and women who train on top of their normal career to participate in funerals, retirements, parades, and the likes. My husband was so good at what he did, he was chosen to go to Washington DC where the Air Force Honor Guard resides and train alongside the best men and women.

My husband earned numerous awards in his time and was the most selfless man when it came to leading a team, whether in his regular job or his Honor Guard job.

Upon leaving the service last year, he has struggled to find a job that will pay him more than minimum wage. We are a family of 3 and I have never seen such a strong man as I have this past year. He has taken every curve ball thrown his way and made it through. He has worked side jobs time and again, continued his online education, and never once has he failed to be a good father or husband.

We are a single car family because of the struggles we have faced. If any one person deserves an award for the man he is, it is my husband.
 
 

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Basil Family Dealerships Vehicles for Vets

Paul Hujer

PAUL IS MY SON, HE HAS SERVED IN THE MILITARY FOR OVER TWENTY SOME YEARS, THIS WOULD BE A GREAT GIFT FOR HIM
 
 

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