Ford Donates Eight Flex Utility Vehicles to Disabled American Veterans Network
Ford announced on Monday that it will donate eight of its Flex utility vehicles to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Transportation Network, upping the number of vehicles that the automaker has contributed to the organization over the past two decades to 207.
“These heroic men and women are a powerful inspiration for Americans of all ages,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “We salute their courage and perseverance, and we’re proud to help them overcome mobility challenges with vehicles and rides that could improve the quality of their lives.”
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The eight Flexes will be utilized in the following locations: Baltimore, Maryland; Bay Pines, Florida; Danville, Illinois; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Manchester, New Hampshire; Syracuse, New York; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
According to Ford, donated vehicles helped to assist 716,000 United States military veterans in 2015 by providing consistent and reliable transportation to medical appointments. Since the formation of the SAV in 1987, Ford vehicles have provided transportation to more than 17.3 million veterans.
“We are extremely proud and grateful of our long partnership with Ford Motor Company,” said Moses A. McIntosh Jr, national commander, DAV. “These vehicles will be used by volunteers nationwide to ensure our wounded heroes get to and from medical appointments. Without this donation and program, many of these veterans would go without the medical care they earned.”
In addition to the donation of vehicles, Ford Fund will continue to support the DAV’s Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship, which offers grants to youth who have volunteered their time to the effort of supporting American veterans. Throughout the years, Ford Fund’s contributions have made $1.2 million in scholarships a reality for young men and women all around the country.
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