With thousands of military veteran employees, General Motors’ support for the United States armed forces spans generations. Today, Chevrolet assists Cell Phones for Soldiers the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund a variety of employment and grassroots initiatives and is the Official Vehicle of the Army-Navy Game. Below are three ways GM supports our troops and help ease the transition from military to civilian life.
GM Diversity: GM Supports Our Military Heroes
GM Helps the 100,000 Jobs Mission Coalition Hire More than 92,500 U.S. Veterans in Three Years
GM joined the 100,000 Jobs Mission Coalition in 2012 as part of its ongoing efforts to hire veterans. The coalition is comprised of more than 120 companies across the United States. Since its inception, the 100,000 Jobs Mission has hired 92,869 veterans.
"We're proud to be a member of this important group and to contribute to its mission. We look forward to furthering our outreach in hiring veterans this year and next, building on initiatives like Hiring Our Heroes, virtual career fairs, and participating in service member transition classes," said Ken Barrett, GM's chief diversity officer. "When we combine our efforts with those of our dealers and suppliers, we can really make a difference in the lives of those who deserve our best efforts."
Chevrolet Tests Hand Cycle at Marathon
Michigan Technological University engineering students challenged themselves to design a more durable and comfortable hand cycle for wounded athletes, and Chevrolet – the project’s sponsor – tested the cycle in the October 2013 running of the Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank International Marathon.
Operating the hand cycle – called the Tomahawk – was retired National Guard Staff Sgt. Travis Wood of Cedar City, Utah. Wood lost his right leg above the knee in a 2007 bomb blast in Afghanistan. He was among 20 members of the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans competing in the event as guests of Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers. Wood completed the race with a time of 2:16:00.
To learn more about the event and see photos click here.
GM Military Discount Updated
Enhancements to General Motors’ vehicle discount program for active and reserve military members can make owning a new Chevrolet, Buick, or GMC car or truck more affordable.
Already the most generous vehicle discount in the industry, the improved GM Military Discount Program features an increased discount for greater savings, offering an invoice model and options price below the suggested retail price plus destination fees and a $150 program fee for eligible vehicles. The discount can be combined with most current incentives – including bonus cash, consumer cash, GM Card Earnings and trade-in allowance.
“GM has long supported the military and military families, and we hope this improved program will show our appreciation for their service by providing them with greater savings when they purchase one of our great new vehicles,” said Chuck Thomson, general manager, GM Retail Sales and Marketing Support.
GM’s military discount is available to more military members than any other brand: active duty, reserves, veterans within one year of discharge date and military retirees and their spouses. At the GM Military Discount Program web site, active and reserve members of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard and Coast Guard can get additional information about their new-vehicle discount, in addition to specific, model-by-model examples.