The Metal of Honor Project

Winners for the 2014 – 2015 Season

Through its Metal of Honor Project, CollisionMax has given away auto body repairs to 11 US military veterans, one per month for each of its locations in the Delaware Valley for the 2013-2014 season. The company chose the winners from nominations it received from the public on the project’s web site, http://www.metalofhonorproject.com.

“The Metal of Honor Project is our way of saying thank you and honoring the men and women of our armed forces who put their lives on the line for all of us,” said Jim Tornetta, CollisionMax president and CEO.

The program was so successful in helping veterans and touching members of the community that CollisionMax has decided to repair 11 more vehicles for 11 more veterans over 2014-2015.


Click the names below to sort the list

Jerry McMullin and the CollisionMax crew outside of the Oxford Valley auto body shop

Joseph Sipia Intro Video

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We’d like you to meet our winner for the Metal of Honor Project in Sicklerville, NJ. His name is Joseph Sipia, a 92 year old World War II veteran. He has a 1999 Lincoln Towncar, which sustained damage to the passenger side doors and quarter panels when he accidentally rubbed against the steel bumper of a parked armored truck.

Joseph lives in Runnemede, NJ; not far from the CollisionMax shop where his vehicle will be repaired. Enterprise Rent a Car will be contributing to the project by bringing his rental to him at his home. We will tell you more about Joseph’s service history in coming updates.

Follow The Metal of Honor Project here and at http://www.metalofhonorproject.com – pictures, video and more, as each veteran is selected and their vehicle repaired.

Robert Forney Delivery Video

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Robert Forney got back a beautiful looking white Trailblazer. The entire CollisionMax of NE Philadelphia staff was on hand to share in the presentation.

Follow The Metal of Honor Project here and at http://www.metalofhonorproject.com – pictures, video and more, as each veteran is selected and their vehicle repaired.

Robert Forney Repair Video

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This week CollisionMax was joined by George Kerner and his students at the Bucks County Technical High School. George runs the auto body program at the school and helps get young men and women ready for a career in the collision repair industry.

The students helped by removing the front and rear bumpers as well as some trim panels and moldings to prepare the vehicle for the technicians at CollisionMax. Mr. Kerner said, “what I really want the kids to get out of this is what it’s like to give back to their community and a veteran who fought for their freedoms. I think it’s a great program CollisionMax has going on for our brave men and women in the military.”

Follow The Metal of Honor Project here and at http://www.metalofhonorproject.com – pictures, video and more, as each veteran is selected and their vehicle repaired.

Robert Forney Intro Video

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Robert is from a small town in Blain, PA and served in the USMC during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He was discharged for traumatic brain injury resulting from IED blast exposure (improvised explosive device). He also suffers from PTSD and every day it is a fight for him.

He moved to Philadelphia, PA (he is not used to the big city life). He moved here alone to finish aviation mechanical school and didn’t know anyone at the time. Even with the PTSD, he helps anyone he can by going to shelters and works food drives during the holidays for families who cannot provide for their own. Rob says, “it gives you a feeling that you cannot explain – knowing you helped a family around the holidays or any day. It definitely soothes the soul. There is nothing like helping people and that is what I feel like I was called to do with my life”.

Follow The Metal of Honor Project here and at http://www.metalofhonorproject.com – pictures, video and more, as each veteran is selected and their vehicle repaired.

Belinda Dunbar Delivery Video

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Belinda received her newly repaired Audi from CollisionMax this week. Paul, from a company called Dent Head, came by last week to repair the dents on her car. He, and the gentlemen from Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists (who repaired Belinda’s wheels), were onsite to witness the grand reveal. Both companies decided to donate their work for free to honor the 20 years and 20 days Belinda had served in the United States Air Force.

Belinda said she feels blessed to have received this red carpet treatment from CollisionMax and is so thankful to them for what they’ve done for her and her family.

Follow The Metal of Honor Project here and at http://www.metalofhonorproject.com – pictures, video and more, as each veteran is selected and their vehicle repaired.

Belinda Dunbar Repair Video

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Belinda Dunbar is a United States Air Force Master Sergeant who enlisted in the Air Force right out of high school in March 1986. Her father served for 23 years as a Master Sergeant in the Army and Belinda said that’s what she always wanted to do since she was a little girl. Upon retiring from the Air Force in April of 2006, she had served our country for 20 years and 20 days.

Belinda is married to another Air Force veteran, Robert Dunbar whom she met when they were in basic training together at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. But they didn’t get married until 18 years later, in July 2004, when their career paths crossed again. Her husband Robert served for over 25 years.

Throughout Belinda’s career, she served at Air Force bases in Belgium, Puerto Rico and Saudi Arabia from which planes like jet fighters and B-52 bombers take off and land. “This is a blessing, ” she said of her reward. “these were repairs we just couldn’t’t seem to get to. I’m thrilled. It’s a blessing what CollisionMax is doing for veterans.”

Follow The Metal of Honor Project here and at http://www.metalofhonorproject.com – pictures, video and more, as each veteran is selected and their vehicle repaired.

Belinda Dunbar Intro Video

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We’d like you to meet our winner for the Metal of Honor Project in Westmont, NJ. Her name is Belinda Dunbar, a 20 year Air Force Master Sergeant. She has a 2008 Audi A6, which has only minor dings and dents compared to some previous Metal of Honor Project repairs; but that’s only because she takes extraordinary care of her baby.

Belinda lives in Willingboro, NJ, which is a half hour drive from the CollisionMax of Westmont shop where her vehicle will be repaired, but she works at the Collingswood Post Office, which is a 5 minute WALK from the CollisionMax shop. That’s how she found out about the Metal of Honor Project. Next week, Enterprise Rent a Car will be contributing to the project by bringing her rental car right to her door.

Follow The Metal of Honor Project here and at http://www.metalofhonorproject.com – pictures, video and more, as each veteran is selected and their vehicle repaired.

Jerry McMullin Delivery Video

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Jerry McMullin’s 2002 Chevy Silverado has been repaired and handed back to him looking better than when he bought it about 10 years ago. His wife Christine and his 27 year old son, who suffers from Down’s Syndrome, were present for the unveiling. When the truck was pulled out of the bay for the first time, all three of them were rendered speechless. Jerry takes his son back and forth to work in this truck and now they’re both looking forward to doing it in style.

A member of The Combat Veteran’s Motorcycle Association was on hand to present Mr. McMullin with a Challenge Coin in appreciation for his service to our country. When looking at the truck and the coin in his hand, Jerry said, “I know a lot of guys that deserve it more than me. Thank you.”

Follow The Metal of Honor Project here and at http://www.metalofhonorproject.com – pictures, video and more, as each veteran is selected and their vehicle repaired.

Jerry McMullin Repair Video

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Jerry McMullin is having his 2002 Chevy Silverado repaired for free by CollisionMax of Oxford Valley. There were not many miles on the truck when CollisionMax took on the job, which means the body is in relatively good shape for an 11 year old vehicle. Common areas of rust for that model and year are over the wheel wells on the rear bed.

Thankfully, the automotive aftermarket provides metal patch pieces in the shape of the rusted area, so it’s just a matter of cutting out the old and grafting in the new. In addition to replacing the rear flanks, CollisionMax is also going to get Jerry a brand new front grill as well as replace the plastic trim caps that sit on top of the chrome bumpers and along the tops of the bed rails.

Videos of all the winners, along with nomination information, can be found at www.metalofhonorproject.com. Tune in next week when CollisionMax returns Jerry McMullin’s truck all shiny and new.

Follow The Metal of Honor Project here and at http://www.metalofhonorproject.com – pictures, video and more, as each veteran is selected and their vehicle repaired.

Jerry McMullin Intro Video

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This month’s winner of the Metal of Honor Project for Oxford Valley is Jerry McMullin of Bensalem, PA with his 2002 Chevy Silverado pickup. Jerry served us proudly in the Marines when he fought for us in Vietnam. He was injured in battle — sustaining a wound that would send him to four hospitals in 12 months for various surgeries.

On the surface, Jerry’s truck has the typical rust spreading like cancer over the wheel wells. He was nominated by his wife Christine since he’s now on disability and social security — money that cannot afford them the luxury of having the vehicle repaired. Jerry was so overwhelmed with gratitude, he handed to Rich Tornetta the helmet he wore in battle to keep as a token of his appreciation. Rich… who is rarely short on words… was rendered speechless. They plan to display the helmet at their Oxford Valley location once the repair is finished.

Follow The Metal of Honor Project here and at http://www.metalofhonorproject.com – pictures, video and more, as each veteran is selected and their vehicle repaired.
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