Wounded veterans rebuild cars, lives in Texas auto shop
Automotivation helps restore the spirits and skills of wounded veterans and military members by getting them back into the garage, where they can reconnect with their automotive passions.
Projects in its Texas facility include building a Cobra kit car and finishing a Monster Garage resto-mod job on a former military weapons carrier.
But the program, located in San Antonio near Brooke Army Medical Center, was forced this year to move unexpectedly from its previous donated shop on a ranch-like property, which is being sold.
Read more about the program and its efforts to find a permanent home in Autoweek.
Automotivation was created by founder Janis Roznowski and Operation Comfort. The nonprofit supports service members wounded in Afghanistan or Iraq and treated at the Brooke Army Medical Center and Audie Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio.
Many of the veterans it helps at Automotivation have lost one or more limbs.
“I have always believed that, if they can fix a car, they can somehow or another figure out how to fix what’s going on in their mind,” Roznowski says in an Operation Comfort video.
The National Auto Body Council (NABC) is helping with fundraising efforts to get a new home for Automotivation, Automotive Body Repair News reports.
“Our battle-tested veterans have given more of themselves for their country than most of us can even imagine,” NABC Executive Director Chuck Sulkala said in the report. “The least we can do is help with this small token of appreciation and pay back for the sacrifices they have made.”
A new building, he added, “will give our veterans a reason to get up in the morning and the desire to get into a civilian industry they love — our industry.”