At the 114th Army-Navy Game presented by USAA on Dec. 14, Chevrolet will present a 2014 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab pickup truck to the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans. The truck, which will be used to move athletes’ hand cycles and gear, is a fitting gift given Chevrolet’s long commitment to the U.S. Military and military families, on and off the field.
Chevrolet has been the Official Vehicle of the Army-Navy Game since 2010. Arguably college football’s biggest rivalry, this historic gridiron matchup pits the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen against the U.S. Military Academy Black Knights.
Chevrolet’s military support is actually an extension of General Motors’ century-long commitment to the armed services, including its role in producing armaments during two world wars.
During WWII, GM’s and other automakers’ plants were converted to support the war effort, demonstrating the strategic importance of a strong U.S. manufacturing sector. This “Arsenal of Democracy,” as President Franklin D. Roosevelt called it, produced combat vehicles and related components for use on land and sea, engines for bomber and cargo airplanes, and guns and shells. No civilian vehicles rolled off automakers’ assembly lines from early 1942 – following the U.S.’ entry into the war in December 1941 – to the war’s conclusion in 1945.
Today, GM and Chevrolet support military service members and their families in other ways. The GM Military Discount Program began its relationship with the Achilles Freedom Team in 2010, when it donated a Chevrolet Silverado to the team for hauling cycles and gear from New York to Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland. The program and Chevrolet also underwrite the expenses associated with Freedom Team marathon competitions across the country.
Since then, Chevrolet has provided engineering and financial support to help improve the comfort and durability of cycles used by the Achilles athletes. Engineering students at Michigan Technological University developed prototypes that were unveiled at last year’s Army-Navy game, and one was further developed and operated by Achilles team member Travis Wood in the Detroit Free Press-Talmer Bank International Marathon in October.
Chevrolet also offers the best military discount in the industry and extends it to more military members than any other automotive brand. Active Duty members, reservists, veterans within one year of discharge date and retirees (and their spouses) can save on a new Chevrolet and combine the discount with most other retail offers. USAA members also receive an additional $750 private offer.
Read more about all of Chevrolet’s military initiatives at Chevrolet.com/military.