TrueCar announced Tuesday the winner of its DrivenToDrive veterans program van giveaway.
Augusta, Ga., resident U.S. Army Veteran Major Peter Way will soon be receiving a retrofitted van that accommodates his physical needs, the company shared in a release.
TrueCar presented the veteran with keys to the brand new cargo van on Veterans day this past weekend. Way was chosen as the winner through TrueCar’s DrivenToDrive program after submitting an essay answering the questions "What Drives You?" and "How Would You Use a New Van?".
TrueCar recognized Way for his service on stage Saturday during the closing ceremony of 2017 at the Westfield Brandon Mall in Tampa, Fla. TrueCar chief executive officer Chip Perry presented Way with the keys to his new ride.
The DrivenToDrive program is dedicated to helping veterans regain personal freedom through driving, TrueCar explained.
Here’s a bit on Way’s story. In 2003, he was stationed in Afghanistan with Army Special Operations where he worked as a Special Forces Medic, when he was injured twice. Way served until 2013 when he was medically retired because of his injuries and has since endured more than 30 surgeries, including the amputation of his right leg in 2015, TrueCar shared in a press release.
The veteran has found adaptive sports to play a key role in his recovery, including adaptive mountain biking, hand cycling, kayaking, cross-country sit skiing and wheelchair basketball.
In fact, in addition to participating in previous Old Glory Relays, Way has been active with the US Paralympic Nordic Program, Team Semper Fi, Team Red White and Blue, Wounded Warrior Project, Wear Blue Run to Remember, Warfighter Sports and the Challenged Athletes Fund.
"I strive to be an example of strength and perseverance for veterans and non-veterans alike to show that if you want to do something, you can no matter what adversity you may encounter," said Major Way. "When I lost my ability to drive because of my injury, I really lost a huge chunk of my personal freedom and identity. This van is really a way for me to take care of myself and my family without needing anyone's help. I'm so thankful to TrueCar for this van and giving me back my freedom."
Once delivered, the van will be retrofitted to accommodate Way's physical needs and will provide a space for all of his adaptive athletic equipment, his family and support dog, Rory.