Gates Collision Centers Helps Veteran With New Ride

(Madison) A veteran was recently awarded with a new vehicle. Gates Collision Centers, which has a branch in Beaver Dam and American Family Insurance gave a refurbished car to Andrew Diaz through the Recycled Rides program. Diaz entered into the Army Reserves in 2000 then later joined active duty in June 2005 and completed two tours in Iraq with the 54th Engineering Battalion. During his first deployment from 2005 to 2006, Diaz’s vehicle was struck by an IED while on patrol. Diaz sustained a mild traumatic brain injury which earned him his first Purple Heart. He also earned Army Commendation Medal for his service. Diaz’s second deployment was to Camp Stryker in Baghdad. While on a mission near the Iranian border, Diaz was critically injured in a rocket attack and required two years of recovery. He was also recommended for his second Purple Heart. In the years since, Diaz attained his N3 ASI Occupational Therapy Technician certification and was assigned to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany from 2011 to 2014. Diaz is currently assigned to the 7302nd Medical Training Support Battalion as the Senior Training Non-Commissioned Officer. In addition to his two Purple Hearts, Diaz received three Army Commendation Medals and four Army Achievement Medals.