In 1922 Henry Ford himself began a long history of respect between the Ford Motor Company and veterans. He donated 50 Model T’s to help transport disabled veterans to conventions across the country, and even went along himself on many of the drives. This tradition of honoring our nation’s veterans for their service still continues today. Here are just a few of the many programs the Ford Motor Company is offering to veterans.
- Honor Flights for Veterans
Ford has a strong partnership with the DVA (Disabled Veterans of America) and has given money in support of several of the organization’s projects. Recently, Ford sponsored several flights to help WW2 veterans return to Normandy in France for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Many of these veterans had not returned since they were there 70 years ago. These “honor flights” allow veterans to return to many of the places where they were originally stationed, or allows them to take trips to the WW2 memorial in Washington D.C. Many of the nation’s WW2 veterans are disabled or on fixed incomes and cannot afford the expense of a flight.
- Services for Vets
Ford donates money to several different charities that provide services ranging from Meals on Wheels to counseling and medical treatment for veterans. Ford is also instrumental in providing money for rent, utilities, and other services to help recently discharged veterans.
- Ford Veteran’s Network and Employment Opportunities
Ford provides an employment network for veterans to help them find jobs. Ford also employees about 8,000 Veterans and active duty military personnel in the US.
- Transportation for Disabled Veterans
Ford provides 164 Vehicles to the DVA to help transport disabled veterans around the country. They also provide $200,000 dollars to help service and maintain the fleet of vehicles they have donated every year.
- Discounts for Veterans
Ford Motor Company offers X-Plan pricing for any DVA member. In addition to these discounts private dealers also offer their own Veteran discounts. Inquire at our dealership to find out what deals we offer to active duty and retired service members!
“Ford is one of our nation’s great institutions, and for over 90 years they’ve honored the brave heroes who have sacrificed for our nation,” said DVA National Adjutant Arthur H. Wilson. “There is something uniquely American about the commitment and loyalty they’ve shown our cause and we’re grateful for our partnership which has made a difference for generations of veterans and their families.”
This Memorial Day we ask that you take a moment and thank a veteran or active duty service member for their service, There is still so much more we can do for the men and women who have sacrificed so much, but it is comforting to know that Ford and other organizations around the country are donating both time and money to try and give them the recognition and support they deserve.
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