A Lehigh wounded veteran receives new vehicle thanks to Freedom Alliance, US Bank
A Lehigh veteran in need of reliable transportation received a 2017 Dodge Durango, thanks to the Freedom Alliance, in partnership with U.S. Bank.
The two organizations joined together in an initiative called “Driven to Serve” program to present the SUV to medically retired United States Marine Cpl. Yancy Green.
The program pairs available vehicles with service members in need. He received the eighth vehicle donated under the program since 2018.
Green and his wife Tiffany arrived at 10 a.m. to pick up their new vehicle from Gettel Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM located at 2323 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda.
Although it’s a relatively new initiative, the two organizations have had great results so far, said Freedom Alliance President Tom Kilgannon.
“We have presented veterans with four vehicles this year and four last year,” Kilgannon said.
According to Kilgannon, who presented the keys to the recipient, these programs are to honor service members for their dedication and personal sacrifice.
“This initiative is a regular part of our programming with partner U.S. Bank. We work together to get these vehicles to combat veterans who are need of reliable transportation, and need to get to their medical appointments, ” Kilgannon said. “In Yancy’s case, they have to drive to Tampa at least twice a week to his medical appointments. Now, having a vehicle with no payments will remove a huge financial burden from the Green family.”
Kilgannon also thanked the generosity of Gettel for providing the vehicle.
“The car went to a very deserving couple, and the folks at Gettel dealership were amazing through the whole process. Giving a brand new vehicle to a wounded veteran right before Christmas, It doesn’t get better than that,” Kilgannon said.
Green’s injuries require him and his wife to drive to a facility in Tampa, which has the proper care and treatment provided by the specialists at the center.
According to a Freedom Alliance press releases, Green served as a machine gunner for four years and deployed to Iraq twice. While on a combat mission in 2003, his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device, resulting in a traumatic brain injury as well as knee and shoulder damage, among other combat-related injuries. Green has received numerous awards for his service including the Rifle Sharpshooter Badge, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and a Presidential Unit Citation.
According to Kilgannon, Freedom Alliance and U.S. Bank also partnership to provide mortgage-free homes to veterans who have been wounded in combat.
“Out of the 22 homes that U.S. Bank sponsored, we were part of 18 of those,” Kilgannon said.
Kilgannon, recommends that any veteran wounded in combat visit their website at www.freedomalliance.org .
“They will see a tab at the bottom that shows the different types of projects we have going on which range from outdoor recreational therapy trips, heroes’ vacations, to care packages for deployed troops. We are able to do all of this through the generosity of private donations. Anyone who like to donate can visit our website for more information,” Kilgannon explained.
U.S. Bancorp, with 74,000 employees and $482 billion in assets as of June 30, 2019, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. For more information visit U.S. Bank at www.usbank.com .
Freedom Alliance is a charitable organization which provides help and support to wounded troops and military families. Freedom Alliance has awarded $14 million in college scholarships to the children of military heroes killed or disabled in military service and spent millions more helping injured veterans and military families. For more information about Freedom Alliance visit www.FreedomAlliance.org.