Corps Commander Awarded a Vehicle For Military & Volunteering Service
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On November 8th our 3rd Corps Commander @Typicalveteran- was awarded a Car for his service to the Military (15years) and his volunteer service to his local Veteran Community.
The full article can be found here:
Along with our interview:
So whats this all about?
It wasn't too long ago. Actually, on Thursday I was given a free car by a program called Keys To Progress. They gave me a new Chevy Equinox. And Progressive Insurance sponsored it along with a bunch of other people who donated all the money to make it happen, but they gave me and two other veterans in Ohio cars. Just as kind of thank you for our service. So the news did a big article on me. We filmed a commercial that I'm still upset about that still hasn't aired. I even said because my commercials not on TV yet. Have to be little diva acting me.
What is Progressive Insurance (for those that aren't in the US)
They ensure cars here in the United States. They do homeowners insurance, car insurance, boat rental insurance.
They host a charity event once a year called the Keys To Progress event where basically they partner with mechanics and auto body repair people and share their charity with veterans organizations. And what they do is they basically they put out a letter to these veterans Charities and say " hey we are looking for a veteran that could use a car right now. Somebody who's gone for above and beyond their service and is active and Volunteers in the community".
How did this happen?
So what they do is these these veterans organizations they put out applications and I put out an application and I have lots of volunteer hours. I volunteer with a charity called the Sam Center and I had I think 360 hours uh of volunteer work last year.
Its just community service, which is where you know, we help homeless veterans and Veterans who are addicted to drugs or alcoholics or you know people who just need help getting on their feet. So I put in an application and I got a call from Progressive Insurance. They were like, hey, we want to give a car and put you on TV. And we want to thank you for everything you've done. Another couple of things that I do.
My wife all was also volunteers. She volunteers at the family Readiness group leader, and I am the family Readiness group military liaison for the state of Ohio. So these are things that we do we connect military families with you know, services and things like that.
All right. So, you know, my wife does a lot of volunteering and I do a lot of volunteering I do a lot of charity work honestly, so long story short we got to the event and Progressive gave me several thousands of dollars in gift cards and Pep Boys gave me which is another Next Shop gave me a couple hundred dollars in gift cards Enterprise Rent-A-Car paid for my three-year vehicle warranty and Progressive also donated a year of free car insurance for me. So yeah, not only did they give me a new phone car.
About the event
I stood up there. I said Thank you to everybody obviously was an incredible experience to meet those other guys that done so much for their Community. Mr. Butsgo is the vice president of the VFW in his area the other guy even in these are guys that don't have two nickels to rub together, but still find time to volunteer. So that to me is even more incredible when you don't when you don't have time to volunteer for anything, but you still find time, you know to get done what needs to get done for your community, especially the vets because I mean in Sergeant Butsgo days Vietnam veterans were not treated as well as Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are today
when those guys came home early. They were spit on and called baby killers and didn't get half of the benefits that we get now so really the only reason that America treats their veterans like they do today is because somebody finally said enough is enough. We've got to treat these guys with respect this can 'thappen with our Vietnam veterans anymore, you know, regardless of how you are politically, you can't you can't sit there and treat people like that they stood on the dotted line and put their life on the line for you.
So guys like Sergeant butsgo really motivate me to keep doing what I'm doing because if it wasn't for them, wouldn't have it so good.
How does Veteran balance all his work?
I'll give you a personal story about me when I came home from my deployment. I really had a big problem with dead time. I couldn't stand how there was so much dead space and doing nothing. Everything just seemed to move slower than what I was used to. So I've got to keep myself busy. You know, I have got to stay busy. So, you know, I've got four kids now, you know, my wife gets treated pretty well. I think at least you know, I volunteer a lot on the weekends because I just I can't stand sitting still. I've got to be busy. I've got be doing something productive and it's nice to be able to help people with your spare time.
So what made you join the military?
Well, I hate to say that this is an excuse but I didn't really have anywhere else to go. I wanted to believe it or not thit this goes back to that competitive thing. I wanted to out do my dad. So my dad's a pretty major influence with me. My dad was a 20-year policeman and also 20 years in the military. So he's been retired twice and I was like man I want to be with that guy is you know, that guy's got it made. Yeah, you know nowadays there's what's my dad doing this. He's sitting in Florida golf and all day. So I want to do everything my dad did with the exception of no golfing
When did you join?
I joined the military in 2005. That gives how old is 14 years? November this month actually this marks the start of my 15th year.
I'm almost done.
What do you do in military at the moment ?
I fly Helicopters as part of the Army, CH-47) (chinnok)
Are you going to move up?
I am currently 3rd rank Warrant Officer
Thank You TypicalVeteran for sharing this story with me and TG!, you do so much good for so many! keep it up and enjoy your new set of wheels