In the News
November 12, 2015
Billerica couple honored for work helping veterans
BILLERICA -- As an aircraft mechanic in the Air Force, Jim Marshall saw the world. Marshall traveled to 19 countries during his four years of service in the early 1980s, when there were no major wars. "I was very lucky that it was never a threatening experience," the Billerica resident said. "It was a very adventurous time, but these guys in Afghanistan and Iraq are threatened every day, risking their lives every day."
As a result, Jim and his wife, Dawn, who run Marshall's Auto in Billerica, began to give back to veterans who sacrifice so much.
Through their business, they've supported a number of veterans' causes, including iPods for Wounded Veterans -- raising money to purchase iPods, iPads, Amazon Kindles, Barnes & Noble Nooks, and iTunes gift cards for wounded veterans.
They've helped raise $35,000 for the cause and traveled to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington to deliver the "diversion devices" and letters from elementary students to wounded veterans.
Now, Jim will be honored for his commitment and dedication to helping veterans. Today, he's being recognized by Care Dimensions' "We Honor Veterans" breakfast in Waltham.
Care Dimensions is a hospice that provides palliative and end-of-life care.
"Over the last 10 years, our crew, friends, family and customers have supported all the ventures I've been involved with for veterans," Jim said. "This award will be received by me but taken in recognition for all the people who have helped me.
"It's a very humbling honor because it's the vets that are doing the work, and I'm just doing a small piece to let them know we all care," he added. "We do this because we want to," he added. "I'm appreciative for receiving the award, and I share it with everyone who got me to it."
In addition to today's honor from Care Dimensions, the Marshalls will receive the 2015 Retailers Association of Massachusetts Awards of Excellence for Community Service during a ceremony next Thursday, Nov. 19, at Bentley University.
State Rep. Marc Lombardo, a Billerica Republican, nominated them for the community-service award.
"Whether it's through the Rotary, or their work with seniors at the annual Sweetheart Dinner Dance, or honoring our troops through iPods for Wounded Veterans, Jim and Dawn are always working to make better the lives of people around them," Lombardo said. "Quite frankly, it's inspirational the amount of time they give to others."