Army officer, single mother gets Veterans Day surprise
HAMILTON — A Browns Mills resident who has served 18 years in the Army National Guard of the United States, celebrated Veterans Day in a brand new 2012 Honda Civic LX, after a random drawing.
Seron Verrett did not think much about entering her name in a random drawing that would award the lucky winner with a brand new 2012 Honda Civic LX, courtesy of Hamilton Honda.
On that spring day, Verrett was in the dealership servicing her 2003 Honda Accord, and in the process, struck a deal she could not resist to drive home in a fully-equipped 2005 Honda Odyssey. Ever since, she has been the happy owner of two very “comfortable and reliable” Hondas, she says.
Last month, Verrett received a call that she is still trying to process. It was Mike Saporito, owner of Hamilton Honda, congratulating her for being the lucky winner of the drawing.
“I couldn’t believe it! I said to him, ‘Are you kidding? Is this some kind of joke?’ ” said Verrett. “My heart was racing — all I could do was laugh! I mean, who does that? Who wins a car?”
A resident of Browns Mills, Verrett has been on full-time duty with the Army National Guard of the United States for 18 years, and is a single mother to three children, ages 16, 15, and 7.
She is currently stationed in Georgia, where she is completing training to become a Signal Warrant Officer; she will be the only female Signal Warrant Officer in the state of New Jersey, a milestone that she hopes will inspire her fellow officers to do the same.
Back home, Verrett is a full-time federal technician for the National Guard, working 10-hour days before going home to fulfill her duties as a mother. Her oldest son aspires to follow in her footsteps with plans to enlist in the National Guard after graduating high school; her 15-year-old daughter is an aspiring chef.
One weekend a month, and two weeks a year, Verrett is at Fort Dix base for Drill. To date, she has not been deployed overseas, but has been stationed in Korea.
On Saturday, Nov. 12, Verrett flew home for Veterans Day weekend to pick up her grand prize at Hamilton Honda and was joined at the dealership by her three children, family, friends, and members of the National Guard. She said she couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the holiday — and neither can her 16-year-old son, who is getting the keys to mom’s Accord as soon as she gets the keys to her brand new Civic.
Hamilton Honda’s 2012 Civic Giveaway was a contest hosted on the dealership’s website and in the store, where participants only had to enter for a chance to win.
“After receiving over 1,900 entries, we are beyond pleased to present the Civic to such a deserving member of our community,” says Saporito, who co-owns Hamilton Honda with former NFL-star Jessie Armstead. “In addition to being a loyal Hamilton Honda customer, Seron is a true example of someone who is fully committed to serving their family and their country, and we hope that her story inspires others in our community to pursue that level of greatness.”
“God is so good. He truly blesses me and gives me the strength to do all that I do,” said Verrett, who relies on a tight support group of friends and family to look after her children while she is away. “Life can be difficult, especially being in the military and having to leave family so often, but I am very blessed. And now, I am a Honda fan for life!”Tags: 2003 Honda Accord, 2012 Honda Civic LX, Accord, Civic, Hamilton Honda, Honda, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Mike Saporito, NJ Honda Dealer, NJ Honda Dealership