Ford Motor Company, a longtime DAV supporter, presented DAV with $200,000 during the National Convention for the purchase of seven new vehicles for the organization’s nationwide Transportation Network, which provides free rides for veterans to and from their medical appointments. Another $78,000 was donated to DAV for the annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic and DAV’s Jesse Brown Memorial Youth Scholarship Program.
Ford Motor Company Fund Community Relations Manager Lynn Quigley said the fund is honored to support our injured and ill veterans by partnering with DAV on many programs, including the DAV Transportation Network. Our partnership dates back through nine decades, and we are continuously amazed at what our partnership has produced.
“We are extremely grateful for Ford’s generosity,” said Then-National Commander Larry Polzin. “These vehicles will be used by veterans’ hospitals to transport wounded heroes to and from medical appointments, continually providing a vital link between thousands of ill and injured veterans and the health care they so desperately need.”
Since 1996, Ford has donated 171 vehicles to DAV’s Transportation Network to get veterans to and from VA medical facilities. That’s in addition to the 2,714 Ford vans the DAV National Organization, its Chapters, Departments and the National Service Foundation Columbia Trust have purchased since 1987, at a cost of more than $57 million.