Bloomington Ford is proud to be a part of the Ford Motor Company family. In a time of such discord within our nation, Ford is taking the time and making the effort to show appreciation to America’s Veterans. Ford and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) have had a nearly century-long relationship. In 2015, Ford continued that relationship by donating seven brand new Ford Flex utility vehicles to the DAV.
DAV Transportation Network
The DAV Transportation Network is a program that enlists volunteers to drive disabled veterans to VA medical centers around the nation. These centers are located across the country, but many are a long distance for disabled veterans and their families to drive on their own. Ford has donated 199 vehicles to the DAV fleet since 1996. These programs came together back in 1922 when Henry Ford organized a caravan of 50 Model T vehicles to make it possible for disabled veterans to travel cross-country for the DAV nation convention in San Francisco. It has been a partnership based on respect and appreciation for the sacrifices our veterans have made for our country.
The 7 new vehicles donated this year will be delivered to and used in and around:
- • Little Rock, Arkansas
- • Iowa City, Iowa
- • Iron Mountain, Michigan
- • Omaha, Nebraska
- • Portland, Oregon
- • Salt Lake City, Utah
- • Seattle, Washington
President of the Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, Jim Vella said, “Transportation and community service are two important areas where Ford excels. We are proud to be able to help these heroes of freedom get the critical services they need to make their lives better.”
Ford Fund and Veterans
Besides donating vehicles, Ford has been very active in providing funds and sponsoring different scholarships and programs to help disabled veterans across the country. The Ford Fund offers an amazing scholarship opportunity for young men and women who volunteer to help disabled veterans in their community, this is the Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship Program. Ford Fund will also be sponsoring 5K DAV walks this fall in San Diego, Cincinnati, and Atlanta. Ford has given support to the DAV Winter Sports Clinic and will partner with Project SNAP to involve veterans with other community members to participate in the Operation Grateful Nation mural.
Another reason our dealership is proud to be a part of this amazing company is because of the way the company feels about helping American Veterans. Not only does the company donate money and time to various projects that have evolved to meet veterans changing needs, but Ford also employs more than 7,000 veterans, and hundreds of active military personnel, reservists, and guardsmen.
It is easy to become a member of the Ford family; you can purchase your vehicle with confidence knowing that your hard-earned money is being used to create not only a better company and better vehicles, but a better community and a better nation. Visit Bloomington Ford in Indianapolis and learn more about the Ford family of vehicles and community projects while you pick out your new ride. Test drive and take home a vehicle that is part of the legacy of this great company and this great nation.