GRAND AND GREAT Armed Services Auto Body launched its Grand Opening on Friday at its new location, 150 W. Ave. J-5 in Lancaster. A large gathering of community Queens, veterans groups, chambers of commerce and supporters turned out to welcome Army Afghanistan veteran John Parsamyan and his bride Mary, along with the all-veteran team of Armed Services Auto Body to the new location.

Along with representatives of elected officials and chambers, American Legion Riders from American Legion Post 311 presented a $3,000 donation to the Vets4veterans local veterans service non-profit. Award was presented by Vietnam Veteran Phillip Waln, who served with the 1st Cavalry Division.

The check was accepted with gratitude by Vets4veterans President Jack Woolbert and John Parsamyan, Vice President and a Palmdale Veteran of the Year. The Veteran of the Year Award from City of Palmdale honors the late Tom Hilzendeger who founded the group.

Vets4veterans is also an awardee of the Veterans Community Service from High Desert Medical Group.

Parsamyan, who served with 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan post 9/11, is committed to running a veterans job training program.

Among the groups at the opening were Coffee4vets, Mental Health America of AV, Homes4Families, Point Man Antelope Valley and AV Wall Committee, also Vets4veterans, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Field deputy Christine Ward represented Rep. Mike Garcia. Brandon Roque represented state Sen. Scott Thomas Wilk, and Carlo Basail represented Assemblyman Tom Lackey.

Congratulations John & Mary! Job Well Done!

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