The Grace for Vets Organization, which brings together professional carwashers in four countries to wash veterans’ cars for free, announced that it surpassed one million free washes since its inception in 2004.
“The total cars washed for free is actually more than 1.2 million with this year’s total topping 268,000 free washes,” said Mike Mountz, founder of Grace for Vets and chairman of the board of the organization. “I couldn’t be more pleased as I pass the mantle over to the volunteer board and the International Carwash Association to see so many operators come together to honor the men and women in the military in this way.”
More than 3,300 car wash locations participated in the one day event that washes cars owned by veterans and active-duty personnel at no charge on Veterans Day. Operators from the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand took part. Mountz looks to expand the event to other countries as he feels “all veterans need to be honored for their service to their countries.”
Grace for Vets saw a substantial increase in both locations participating and the total number of cars washed for free. “I believe that as more operators learn about the program, more will choose to honor our military in this way,” said Mark Curtis, President of the volunteer board. “It’s a small price for us to pay in return for the freedoms we enjoy.”
Curtis hopes that with the expansion of the volunteer board in 2016 and the support of the International Carwash Association that the event will easily surpass 300,000 free washes next year.