Ford Donates More SUVs to Transport Disabled Veterans
Ford and the Disabled American Veterans organization tackle issues like transportation and job opportunities.
The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Transportation Network exists to help the brave men and women of the armed forces get to and from doctor’s appointments. Formed in 1987, the DAV Transportation Network has helped more than 18 million veterans.
It’s an important service that improves the quality of life for the veterans themselves, as well as their families. In many cases, folks can not drive or would be ill-served by public transit options. In other more severe situations, veterans don’t have a family or friends to rely on. The DAV Transportation Network is an invaluable tool in getting them to and from VA medical centers.
For the past 21 years, Ford has supported the charity organization by donating 215 vehicles to help the cause. Dave Riley, DAV national commander, says that “without Ford’s generosity and the hard work of our volunteers, we would not have been able to provide nearly 700,000 rides for veterans last year alone.”
According to an official press release, Ford just donated eight new Flex utility vehicles to help assist with service in New Orleans, Louisiana, which will receive two new vehicles. In addition, Augusta, Georgia, Des Moines, Iowa and Topeka, Kansas, Asheville, North Carolina, Memphis, Tennessee and Waco, Texas will also each receive a Ford Flex to help transport disabled veterans.
While the Blue Oval’s relationship with the DAV Transportation Network dates back just over two decades, it actually started 95 years ago, in 1922. That’s when Ford organized a cross-country caravan of fifty Ford Model Ts to help disabled veterans get to the DAV national convention.
Ford’s assistance for returning veterans doesn’t stop at vehicle donation and transport. Through the Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, over $11 million has been donated to veteran’s organizations since 1974.
Ford also offers nurse assistant training programs through the American Red Cross and Ford Blue Oval Scholarships to veteran’s family members to get them started in healthcare careers.
Way to step up and help our boys and girls, Ford!