General Motors is set to auction off a special Chevrolet Camaro airbrushed by Mickey Harris as a tribute to the nation's armed forces. The design pays homage to all five branches of the country's military with a unique mural, and the vehicle is headed to the Barrett-Jackson classic car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona next month.

Proceeds from the auction will go toward the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans. The organization helps wounded vets overcome their disabilities by participating in mainstream athletics and has doubled in size since 2010. GM has supported the charity with various donations in the past, including the contribution of 20 hand cycles.

GM will show off the Harris Camaro during this weekend's Army Navy game, with CBS Sports devoting some time to speak with GM CEO and U.S. Naval Academy graduate Dan Akerson as well as members of the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans. Click past the jump for the full press release as well as an excellent new spot on GM's involvement with the charity.



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Chevrolet Will Donate Special Camaro at Army-Navy Game

Wounded veterans will benefit from proceeds of Barrett-Jackson auction in January

DETROIT – At Saturday's 112th Army-Navy Game presented by USAA, Chevrolet will announce that proceeds from next month's sale of a special Military Tribute Camaro will go to the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans.

Chevrolet is the official vehicle of what has been called "America's Game," which begins at 2:30 p.m. EST on CBS and the Armed Forces Network from FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

Chevrolet is hosting several military families and Achilles team members at the game, and is paying tribute to wounded servicemen and women and the team with a 30-second TV spot and a short tribute to members who participated in the recent Detroit Free Press / Talmer Bank Marathon. An accompanying article at chevy.com/military profiles hand cyclist Lance Cpl. Justin Gaertner of Pasco County, Fla., who lost both legs while serving his third tour in Afghanistan.

"We at Chevrolet want to do all we can to show our gratitude to the men and women serving in our armed forces, those who come home with life-changing injuries, like Cpl. Gaertner, and our fallen heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country," said Chris Perry, vice president, Chevrolet Global Marketing and Strategy.

CBS Sports will show the car in a segment with GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate; Genna Griffith, director of the Achilles Freedom Team, and team members. Last year at the game, Chevrolet donated a Silverado HD pickup to the Achilles team to transport athletes' hand cycles and other equipment.

The Military Tribute Camaro represents all five branches of the armed forces (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard) and some of the military's highest individual awards and current campaign medals. It will be sold by Barrett-Jackson, an auctioneer of collector vehicles, at its Jan. 17-22 event in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The car was designed by award-winning artist Mickey Harris. Harris, who grew up on military installations, has been airbrushing for 33 years and has an extensive portfolio of military art that has earned him worldwide acclaim.

Chevrolet's support for military men and women includes:

Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans: The Achilles Freedom Team helps wounded veterans of all services overcome their injuries through mainstream athletics, primarily marathons. It has doubled in size since 2010. This year, Chevrolet underwrote a portion of Achilles costs for participating in the Los Angeles, Boston and Detroit marathons, as well as other events. Chevrolet also has donated 20 hand cycles to the team.

Cell Phones for Soldiers: Chevrolet actively supports this program that provides phone cards to service men and women. During Chevrolet Military Appreciation Month in May, Chevrolet raised $212,000 (100,000 hours of talk time) from the auction of the Honor and Valor Limited Edition Camaro SS and Chevrolet donations of $100 for every car and truck sold. Since 2010, Chevrolet has collected more than 70,000 used cell phones, generating about 70,000 hours of talk time.

Travis Manion Foundation: The GM Foundation gave $250,000 to this foundation that assists veterans and the families of fallen heroes. Its namesake is First Lt. Travis L. Manion, killed in 2007 in Iraq by sniper fire while defending against an enemy ambush. Every September 11, the foundation brings local communities together for a 9/11 Heroes Run to remember, honor and support service men and women, police, firefighters and first responders.

GM Military Discount Program: Considered the most generous military discount program in the industry, GM offers GM Preferred Pricing (the same price extended to GM suppliers) on any Chevrolet (except Volt), Buick or GMC. Through October, GM sold 12,389 vehicles: The Chevy Silverado, Cruze and Camaro were the most popular.

Chevrolet also sponsored 19 air shows across the United States this year, eight of them on military installations. In addition, about 8,500 service members, their families and guests at the Naval Air Station in Mayport, Fla. were treated to a private concert starring country singer Brad Paisley.


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      cashsixeight
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is so effing ugly. What a disgrace. Anybody with taste would barf all over this.
        cashsixeight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cashsixeight
        If I was in the military I'd be embarrassed some tasteless jackass decided to paint something so horrible in my "honor". Sorry. I respect the military and anybody in it (for the most part), but this is just tacky and disgusting.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cashsixeight
        WOW! Now I've seen some bad taste comments in the past, but this is by far the worst EVER. Who cares if it's painted all over the car or that it screws up the cars looks? It's benefiting OUR wounded veterans. These guys fight for YOUR right to post this comment. So stop being a douche.
          Burabus
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          The cause is good, but that car is still horrible.
          cashsixeight
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Elmo I painted this in your honor. Please be thankful I painted it for you. http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/50515_20727328624_7925_n.jpg
        weside29
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cashsixeight
        Do you see a VETERAN standing next to it missing a leg - that he lost for us? Don't be such a worthless idiot.
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @weside29
          Oh, my apologies. For all of the times I've looked at that picture, I can't believe I did not notice him. I guess I was too busy looking at the car. LOL
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @weside29
          Not sure I am following you logic there, bud. Do you even know? Or are you just talking out your ass?
          brunswick90210
          • 3 Years Ago
          @weside29
          He was talking about in the picture there is a veteran with a missing leg to the right of the vehicle. I think he was trying to call out that the real purpose of this vehicle is to help people like that guy in the picture.
          brunswick90210
          • 3 Years Ago
          @weside29
          Darn I meant the left of the vehicle. Can't think right now.
      Burabus
      • 3 Years Ago
      gaudy and disgusting.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Burabus
        And yet, I thought cashsixeight was going to be the only one...
          kmrk
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          I am hoping Burabus is responding to the link that cashsixeight has posted....
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          What can I say, it's tough to argue against immature teens who think they know it all. It seems this site is full of them.
      westbrooks01
      • 3 Years Ago
      A little ironic they painted a gas-guzzling Camaro. Wouldn't a painted Chevy Volt be more patriotic?
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @westbrooks01
        One problem, Chevy Volts aren't that cool, so I suspect far less would take notice. Lighten up, as it's going to a good cause. Lastly, I would not consider a car rated at over 20 mpg (V6 gets 29 hwy) a "gas guzzler". Inform yourself before making such vague statements.
        brunswick90210
        • 3 Years Ago
        @westbrooks01
        How would a Chevy Volt be more patriotic? Have you ever heard of "AMERICAN MUSCLE"? It's not EUROPEAN muscle it's AMERICAN muscle. The Chevrolet Volt is actually more European in nature because smaller vehicles are very popular overseas than they are here.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @westbrooks01
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Obvious lies? How are they so obvious? We are trying to help a country put itself back together after Saddam Hussein screwed it up for the people who live there. It has nothing to do with "WMDs". That's done and over with. And kill millions of people? Oh so I guess what Saddam did was ok, right?
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          stclair, anything that involves you speaking of politics has absolutely no solid ground. We already know where you stand. What's even more hilarious is your AOL avatar, in which you show your love for America, yet that whole statement says you hate America. So which is it?
          DrEvil
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Knowing what I know now, the Iraq War has to be the most shameful, dishonorable use of our military in my lifetime. Signed: 2 Tour US Navy Veteran I still honor and support the men of the US military, as I do the innocent men, women and children of Iraq. For a country that prides itself on being a country of laws, we sure do a lot of law breaking.
          mchlrus1
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Don't worry Elmo, some people have multiple accounts so they can dislike your comment more than once. How else do you think the ratings are so bi polar.
      Carlos
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not really going to hate on the car itself, it's for a purpose and more power to them. But is there really any reason someone can't just buy one of these write off the money and just give the car a new paint job?
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        You could, but why would you want to? It's a little over the top for my tastes, but it's a one-of-a-kind. Why not just save yourself the trouble and money and find one of any number of new/used ones that is the color of your choice. Buying this and then repainting it sort of defeats the purpose if you ask me. I suspect it will wind up in the hands of a collector.
      Adam Waltering
      • 3 Years Ago
      America, **** Yeah!
      sick of stupidity
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who would want that ugly and silly graphics job... Go Team America...yeah!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      oRenj9
      • 3 Years Ago
      One-legged-dude is all like, "I lost my leg for my country and I don't even get to drive it :(."
      kmrk
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the paint scheme. Like it or not, the "cause" is admirable and much needed. I live in the DC area and have exposure to many military men and women and it is hard to imagine the resilience many of these individuals show given their circumstances upon returning from the Middle East.
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't necessarily like the Mustang more than the Camaro, but wouldn't the car made in America be more appropriate. 2RBn
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @QAZZY
        I suppose, but I doubt most pay that much attention to detail. However, I do think that majority I mentioned views that brand as equally "American" as they do Ford. Even as an enthusiast who knows the car is made in Canada, I still view the Camaro every bit as American I view the Toyota Tundra (made in Texas) Japanese. I don't necessarily like it, but that is the nature of the beast that is the "global economy" we live in nowadays. The line between what is "domestic" and what is "foreign" is a lot more blurred today than it was 20 or 30 years ago. Whether the car be made in America, Canada, South Korea, or Mars, it's still a nice gesture in my book.
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