Two Connecticut military vets to receive free cars

Al Willis, a Montford Point Marine, salutes during a ceremony on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at the The All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors in Philadelphia. Americans marked Veterans Day on Tuesday with parades, speeches and military discounts, while in Europe the holiday known as Armistice Day held special meaning in the centennial year of the start of World War I. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Two Connecticut veterans and their families are among 100 nationwide who will get keys to newly-refurbished vehicles as part of Progressive’s fourth annual Keys to Progress® event.

They will be honored on November 10, one at the Newington Progressive Service Center and the other at the Milford Progressive Service Center, two of the 63 locations participating this year. Since the start of the Keys to Progress event, Progressive has donated considerable time and resources to provide more than 300 military families and organizations with reliable transportation. And, this year we’re donating 100 more.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately forty percent of veterans live in rural areas where affordable transportation options are limited, and where it’s necessary for them to travel great distances to receive medical care, reach employment centers, and access other services. The Progressive Keys to Progress program provides direct assistance to veterans and their families to provide reliable transportation so they can get back on the road faster and move forward in life.

In Connecticut, the donated vehicles were refurbished Pete’s Carstar of South Windsor and Breezy Point Auto Body. Several organizations are teaming up with Progressive to make Keys to Progress a reality, including the National Auto Body Council (NABC) and its body shop members, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Veracity Research Co. Investigations (VRC), Copart, Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc., and 1-800-Charity Cars.

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