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Arpin Van Lines driver honours veterans and first responders

Dec 20, 2017

Paul Chavez, a driver for Arpin Van Lines, knows the sacrifice that veterans and first responders make.  Two years ago, Chavez began purchasing commemorative Rockwell watches, each bearing the insignia of a branch of the US armed forces, and offering them as a gift to the veterans he moved.  

“They often go through long separations that can be very difficult on a personal level and put strain on their families,” said Chavez. “Everybody in the service chooses it, but some occupations are thankless and they don’t get the recognition they deserve. I wanted to come up with a way to show my appreciation for all they have given.”  

After giving away dozens of watches, he began to include first responders such as police and firefighters. Chavez also offers them t-shirts bearing the word ‘freedom’ and the American flag.  

Now, Chavez captures each presentation with a photo and, if the service member is willing, he shares the picture and member’s story on his Facebook profile. His Facebook wall features dozens of veterans and first responders who received a watch. Chavez estimates that he has given out over 125 watches. 

Photo: Paul Chavez (left) presents a Rockwell watch to an ex-serviceman.

 

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