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For Immediate Release

Progressive Donates Vehicle to Local Veteran on Veterans' Day

Insurer Honors Veterans Day with Events Countrywide in Partnership with the National Auto Body Council, Veteran Organizations and Business Partners

November 11, 2015

This Veterans Day, more than 130 veterans and their families received the keys to newly-refurbished vehicles as part of The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies’ third annual Keys to Progress® event. The vehicle giveaways took place on November 11 at 60 of Progressive’s Service Centers across the country. In Cincinnati, Marine veteran Betty Pierson received the keys to her vehicle, thanks in part to a nomination by Tri-State Veterans Community Alliance and Easter Seals TriState’s Operation Vets THRIVE. 

Phillips, Clancy and Pierson with Vehicle

For Pierson, owning her own vehicle had been her greatest wish. She now has greater independence without having to rely on others or public transportation to travel. She also desires to further her education, which is now possible with access to her own reliable transportation.

Regularly used as one-stop facilities where Progressive handles claims and coordinates repairs for customers, on Veterans Day the Service Centers served a different purpose. Several organizations are partnering with Progressive on the Keys to Progress program, including the National Auto Body Council (NABC) and its body shop members, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Veracity Research Investigations Inc. (VRC), and 1-800-Charity Cars.

“At Easter Seals Operation Vets THRIVE, we serve as advocates for our veterans by providing solutions for any problem they may encounter during their transition to civilian life,” said John Clancy, Director of Veterans’ Services at Easter Seals TriState. “Betty’s story is an excellent example of how we can best serve our veterans through collaboration among multiple nonprofit organizations and corporate citizens like Progressive.  While this level of cooperation may only be a vision in some communities, it is a reality here in Cincinnati.”

Progressive works together with local NABC member body shops to recycle and donate vehicles that have been involved or recovered in a claim. They’ve been restored for the veterans as an extension of the NABC Recycled Rides® program. With more than 130 vehicles, it is the single largest one-day vehicle donation for the program, exceeding last year’s record donation of 117 cars. Since the start of the Keys to Progress event, Progressive has donated considerable time and resources to provide more than 300 deserving military families and organizations with reliable transportation.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately four in 10 veterans live in rural areas where transportation options are limited, and where it’s necessary to travel great distances to receive medical care, reach employment centers, and access other services. The continued expansion of the Progressive Keys to Progress event provides direct assistance to veterans and their families to provide reliable transportation so they can get back on the road faster and move forward in life.

“We recognize a need in our communities to support military men and women who may be facing tough circumstances in life – from difficult personal and family health needs, to excessive rent burdens, unemployment and even homelessness,” said Mike Sieger, Claims President. “One of Progressive’s company core values is the Golden Rule. Keys to Progress is a great way to put that into action, extending that principle to people who have given so much for their country – our military veterans.”

This is the third year that Progressive worked alongside National Auto Body Council, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Veracity Research Investigations, 1-800-Charity Cars, national salvage partners Copart and Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA), and numerous local charitable organizations to make Keys to Progress a reality:

  • NABC member body shops volunteer staff, resources and thousands of hours of collective time to repair the vehicles free-of-charge to veterans.
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car provides insurance for each donated vehicle for the first six months, and also offers free car rentals to transport families to the Progressive Service Centers for the event as needed. The insurance policies are written by Progressive.
  • VRC Investigations, a veteran-owned and operated organization, helps support the recipient selection process each year.
  • The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, powered by AudaExplore, a Solera Company, donates resources to facilitate titling and registration of vehicles for recipients.
    • Salvage partners Copart and IAA donate some of the vehicles.
    • Local charity partners help to identify the most deserving recipients in each region.

      Shown in the photo are Michelle Phillips of Operation Vets THRIVE, Easter Seals TriState Director of Veterans Services John Clancy and Betty Pierson.

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