The keys to spruced-up minivans will be handed over to six needy disabled veterans on March 13 thanks to the efforts of several local auto body shops, insurance firms and a local VFW post.

Dennis Sullivan, Post 4927's quartermaster and the VFW's state community service chairman, said a local member of the National Autobody Council reached out to the post as part of the organization's Recycled Rides program to find veterans who can't afford to buy vehicles on their own. The Council arranges donations from insurance companies, and the cars are then repaired by body shops.

Among the fixes given before the vehicles will be delivered: tunes ups, paint jobs, new tires and a new air bag.

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Each veteran's annual income is less than $20,000.

The vehicles will be handed over at a breakfast on March 13 at Post 4927's headquarters, located at 31 Horseblock Road in Centereach.