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Brown Bear Car Wash salutes veterans & current service military

Brown Bear Car Wash salutes veterans and current service military with free car washes on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11

Brown Bear will also donate $1 to Puget Sound Honor Flight for every car washed on Veterans Day

SEATTLE--As a way of saying “thank you” to our military, Brown Bear Car Wash will offer free washes to all current or former members of the military on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11. The free “Bear Essentials” washes will be offered at Brown Bear’s 22 tunnel wash locations from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The offer operates on an honor system and no verification or documentation is required. Drivers should identify themselves as a current or former member of the military to the wash attendant upon arrival. See for a list of Brown Bear’s 22 automated tunnel wash locations.

Brown Bear will also proudly donate $1 for every car washed on Veterans Day to Puget Sound Honor Flight. For the past two years Brown Bear has donated more than $18,400 to support Honor Flight’s mission of transporting Western Washington war veterans to visit memorials in Washington, D.C. For more information visit

“The Veterans Day event is our way of demonstrating appreciation for those who currently serve our country and have made sacrifices on behalf of all of us,” said Brown Bear Car Wash President Vic Odermat, who is a proud US Marine veteran. “It reflects our bond to the communities we serve, including a large armed services presence here.”

Over the past 10 years family-owned Brown Bear has provided nearly 280,000 free washes saluting former and current service members on Veterans Day, and to celebrate the company’s “birthday” each August

For more information about Brown Bear Car Wash locations and programs, visit

About Brown Bear Car Wash:

Vic Odermat started Brown Bear in Seattle in 1957 with one location at 15th Ave West. Through its parent company, Car Wash Enterprises, Inc. Seattle-based, family-owned Brown Bear now owns and operates a total of 44 car wash facilities in Washington State as well as a network of gas stations and convenience stores.

It is one of the largest privately held car wash chains in the U.S. and is widely recognized within the car care industry as a leader in the environmental movement. Widely recognized for its environmentally-friendly practices, Brown Bear uses gentle, biodegradable cleaning detergents at all its locations.

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Media Contacts:

Steve Palmer, Car Wash Enterprises CFO/Marketing Director,

Barry Bartlett, The Bartlett Group, 206.335.4694 (cell);