Mike Darrow describes mobility as something people should not take for granted.
“Driving is core to independence and a significant expression of autonomy, something we honor every day at TrueCar,” said Darrow, who is TrueCar's interim chief executive officer and president.
Because of the importance of driving to independence, TrueCar is again partnering with AutoNation and Disabled American Veterans, or DAV, as part of its DrivenToDrive program. The program helps injured American veterans who have sacrificed for our independence.
For veterans who have lost the privilege of driving, the program aims to help them regain their own independence.
“In partnership with AutoNation and DAV, we are empowering the men and women who have served our country and deserve our full support for their sacrifices,” Darrow said in a news release. “They fought for our freedom, and TrueCar is committed to helping them get back behind the wheel, so they may regain theirs.”
TrueCar notes that cars represent more than just a way of getting from one location to another. Driving means freedom and independence from the moment someone gets his or her license and through every stage of life, the company said.
The company said people can take the privilege of mobility for granted, until it’s lost.
TrueCar sourced a U.S. Department of Labor statistic showing that 4.7 million veterans have service-connected disabilities. That community faces challenges each day, but physical mobility can be one of the most difficult to overcome, the company said.
To help, as part of the DrivenToDrive program, now in its third year, the 2019 winning veteran will receive a new, retrofitted vehicle on Nov. 8 at the AutoNation Chevrolet Pembroke Pines dealership in Pembroke Pines, Fla.
“As one of TrueCar’s long-standing partners, we are proud to support DrivenToDrive and military veterans,” said AutoNation executive vice president and chief marketing officer Marc Cannon.
He continued, “We look forward to presenting the winning veteran with a brand new, retrofitted vehicle this year.”
“DAV has been a proud partner of the DrivenToDrive program since its inception, working closely with TrueCar to help those who have served our nation dramatically improve their quality of life,” said DAV’s national adjutant Marc Burgess.
Burgess added, “This program is closely aligned with our mission to honor the men and women who served, and we’re grateful to TrueCar for recognizing their selfless sacrifice.”